24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
2
Matsumoto
Drive
3
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kiso-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ena
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nagoya
Train
9
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Nara
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Ito
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Matsumoto

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle and then take in the views from Tashiro Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Matsumoto is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Tsumagoi-mura

— 1 night
On the 20th (Tue), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanbara Kannon-Do.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tsumagoi-mura online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Tsumagoi-mura in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Baths · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Hakuba-mura

— 3 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 21st (Wed), expand your horizons at Hakuba Snow Sports School and then take a peaceful walk through Tsugaike Natural Park. On the next day, hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura online visit planner.

Getting from Tsumagoi-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House and then contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): hit the slopes at Takasu Snow Park and then look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takayama online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Takayama are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Kiso-mura

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hit the slopes at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort and then relax in the rural setting at Kisomanosato. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Naraijuku, then don't miss a visit to Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Karamatsudake.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kiso-mura travel planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kiso-mura takes 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Ena.

Things to do in Kiso-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Ena

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Former Kimura Residence, find something for the whole family at Chicory Village, then contemplate the long history of Naegi Castle Ruins, and finally engage your brain at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ena vacation planning website.

Drive from Kiso-mura to Ena in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kiso-mura in February since evenings lows in Ena dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ena

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your trip

Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Ena to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Kobe to see Arima Onsen about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the activities along Lake Biwa, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Nara

— 2 nights

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 6th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nara tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ito.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Ito

— 2 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, catch a ride on Omuro Mountain Lift, then walk around Izu Shaboten Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

Plan my day in Ito using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Nara to Ito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Ito are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Transportation
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Hakone-machi

— 1 day
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, visit Sengokuhara, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip builder tool.

Drive from Ito to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ito in March, things will get slightly colder in Hakone-machi: highs are around 9°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

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.