19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Echizen
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tokyo National Museum, Roppongi District, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate teamLab☆Planets and Nezu Museum. Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

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Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Miami to Tokyo. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miami in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Takayama

— 3 nights
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 16th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai and then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then contemplate the long history of Kanda house.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Echizen.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Echizen

On the 18th (Sat), examine the collection at Paper Culture Museum.

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Drive from Takayama to Echizen in 3 hours. In September in Echizen, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Echizen

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) has been added to your itinerary. Nijo Castle and Kyoto Railway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyotofor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, walk around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Echizen to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toshodai-ji Temple and Dotombori District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

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.