24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to John F Kennedy International Airport, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to John F Kennedy International Airport, Drive to East Setauket

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Tokyo — 6 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

East Setauket, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from East Setauket to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from East Setauket in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Mar 6 — 12:

Sapporo — 2 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the next day, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are colder, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and make a trip to Gion.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Ishigaki — 2 nights

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, expect nights in Ishigaki to be warmer, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

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.
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