19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 11 nights
Train
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Osaka
Fly to Asheville Regional Airport, Drive to Glenville

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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.
Appreciate the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Mori Art Museum. University of Tokyo and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kawasaki (Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum & Fujiko F Fujio Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online tour itinerary builder.

Glenville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Glenville in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 11 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Flame and Atomic Bomb Dome. Take a break from the city and head to Motoyasu River and Shiraito River. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Outdoor Trips Japan, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 5:

Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honko-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.