19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally stop by Tatematsuru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Dejima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally cool off at Takahama Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planning tool .

Honolulu, USA to Nagasaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in May, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then examine the collection at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shinmaiko Marine Park, then view the masterpieces at Kobegama, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Shinmaiko Marine Park, Kobegama, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally stop by Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip tool .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nagoya in June, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Spas Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker tool .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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