19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
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Subway + Fly + Train:  20 h 30 min
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Tokyo
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  3 h
6
Koya-cho
— Few hours
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
8
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
9
Osaka
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
10
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  5 h
11
Kurobe
— Few hours
Drive:  8 h 30 min
12
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
train:  4 h
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
14
Nikko
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
15
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
16
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
17
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
18
Kanazawa
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
19
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Subway:  19 h 30 min
End: Athens

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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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Athens to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple and then go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk

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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 (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

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Kyoto

Kyoto
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Nara on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums

Side Trip

Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum
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Nara

Nara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho
For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. April in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kyoto

Kyoto
To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji travel route builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 21st (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, snap pictures at Gion Shimbashi Bridge, get your game on at NINJA VR KYOTO, then admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Katsura Imperial Villa
Katsura Imperial Villa

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Kurobe

Kurobe ©
On the 23rd (Thu), admire the local landmark of Onsen Funsui Fountain and then explore the striking landscape at Shinyamabiko Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kurobe online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kurobe in 5 hours. In April in Kurobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Kurobe

Parks Nature
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Shinyamabiko Bridge ©
Shinyamabiko Bridge

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, contemplate the long history of Too Gijyuku Gaijin Kyoshikan, stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House, then steep yourself in history at Former Hirosaki City Library, then stroll around Hirosaki Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hirosaki tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Kurobe to Hirosaki in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kurobe in April, with highs in Hirosaki at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hirosaki to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hirosaki in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko visit planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ojiya.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Samurai Museum, walk around Yoyogi Park, and then make a trip to Imperial Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nikko in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Yoyogi Park ©
Yoyogi Park
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online holiday maker.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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Tokyo

Tokyo
To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then visit Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). See even more of Tokyo: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stroll around Ueno Park, and visit Odaiba.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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