19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
train + Fly + taxi:  14​h
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  14​h 45​min
Chennai (Madras)

5
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, shop like a local with The Tsukiji Market, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation builder.

Chennai (Madras), India to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chennai (Madras) to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chennai (Madras) in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower

3
days
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, Wada House, & more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

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Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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5
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and head outdoors with Arashiyama.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

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Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akashi Castle, and then make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis.

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Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Awaji Highway Oasis, Ruins of Akashi Castle
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Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
days
Hiroshima

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 17th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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