24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nikko
— Few hours
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
11
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
12
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
14
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes First Avenue Tokyo Station, Hama Rikyu Gardens and Asakusa. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and then shop like a local with Asakusa. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens, stop by Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, then make a trip to Tokyo Character Street, then browse the different shops at First Avenue Tokyo Station, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning app .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

few
hours
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kammangafuchi Gorge, Nikko Futarasan jinja, Nikko Tosho-gu, and other attractions you added. On the 8th (Sun), take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Nikko journey planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Nikko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shibuya Center-gai, Shibuya 109, Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Honten, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): browse the range of quality goods at Isetan Shinjuku Store, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Isetan Shinjuku Store
Isetan Shinjuku Store

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi and then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip site .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, admire the striking features of Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip maker tool .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Baths
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 13th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takayama attractions site .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Osaka

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 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka tour itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then wander the streets of Dogo Onsengai, then stop by Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, and finally make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Matsuyama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Baths
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Dogo Onsen Station ©
Dogo Onsen Station

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Matsuyama to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Trails Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Gion, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Himeji in September, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Yubatake and then steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then walk around Sainokawara Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Kyoto to Kusatsu-machi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for little chillier days in Kusatsu-machi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Baths
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane ©
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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