23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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 day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Skytree, Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market and Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Atago Shrine and Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Yanaka District and University of Tokyo. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, see the interesting displays at Subway Museum, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and buy something for everyone on your list at TOKYO Solamachi.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Lisbon in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses has been added to your itinerary. Visit Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Saiho-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha and Naena Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the history at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, contemplate the long history of Sanada House, look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagano road trip app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Nagano, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for Nara on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 9th (Mon), walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally have fun at Experience YAMATO.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nara online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Nara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nagano in August, expect Nara to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Classes
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joju-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fugen-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho sightseeing site.

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kurama-dera. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Senjokaku and Former Naval Academy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Misen Wild Woods, &more) and Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, shop like a local with Kamiyacho Shareo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday builder site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Shop till you drop at Kiddy Land Harajuku and Ginza. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple). See even more of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation app.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.