24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Tottori
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
5
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Aso
— 2 nights
Train:  6​h 15​min
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
National Bunraku Theater has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally catch a live performance at National Bunraku Theater.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday tool .

Honolulu, USA to Osaka is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 19 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Honolulu in March, with highs in Osaka at 57°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

3
nights
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, witness a stunning natural landmark at Arayu, see the interesting displays at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, then get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally steep yourself in history at Tottori Castle Ruins.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tottori trip planner .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Tottori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tottori are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Misasa-cho, Arayu, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Hakuto Shrine ©
Hakuto Shrine
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan ©
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route app .

You can drive from Tottori to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kumamoto: Amakusa Gokyo Bridge (in Kamiamakusa) and Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Tetori Church, and make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi.

Before you visit Kumamoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 3 hours. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sl Hitoyoshi, Amakusa Gokyo Bridge, Yusui Garden Shimeisou
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark and then take a memorable drive along Aso Panorama Line.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aso trip planner .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Aso in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Aso sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Aso

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mt. Aso
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line
Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho, Osaka Shochikuza and National Bunraku Theater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). See even more of Osaka: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Aso to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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