23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Train
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In February, Tokyo is much colder than Melbourne - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Samukawa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joukoumyouji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Getting from Kamakura to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 18th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Mt. Yaedake, then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then take in the views from Kouri Ohashi.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in February; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Bring the kids along to Shurijo Castle and Makishi Public Market. Get some historical perspective at Sangui and St. Clara Church. When in Naha, make a side trip to see Sefa-Utaki in Nanjo, approximately Nanjo away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amagoi Utaki, and steep yourself in history at Keiseimon Gate.

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Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Motobu-cho in February, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

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.