19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Hirakata
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Denver

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Tokyo

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Harajuku Station, Shinjuku Golden Gai, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Denver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thermal Spas as well as Lake Kawaguchi. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Baths · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hirakata.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Hirakata

— 2 nights
Hirakata is a city in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hirakata Park as well as Hirakata T-Site. On the 4th (Mon), browse the different shops at Hirakata T-Site. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Hirakata Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hirakata tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hirakata takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Hirakata

Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Kobe

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago), Hara Hirone Road (in Inagawa-cho) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, and take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hirakata to Kobe in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 10th (Sun), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka route maker site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.