19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
Fly:  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
train + subway + Fly:  14​h 45​min
Chennai (Madras)

5
days
Tokyo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, look for gifts at The Tsukiji Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online travel route planner .

Chennai (Madras), India to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. 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 ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu ©
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
days
Kanazawa

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 Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, Wada House, & more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). 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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You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a 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

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 still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

2
days
Himeji

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.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

2
days
Hiroshima

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.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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