23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stop by Odaiba District.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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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 6th (Wed): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, stop by Nakamachi Street, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Matsumoto online travel planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

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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 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

3
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

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Nara

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Kasuga Taisha Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Todaiji Keidaicho, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

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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 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

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Fukuoka

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more), Kumamoto (Sakuranobaba Johsaien, Kumamoto Castle, &more) and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and stroll through Ohori Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Japan travel guide

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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.