24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Odaiba District and Akihabara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and visit Ginza.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Lyon, France to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Lyon in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

Nikko — 3 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Popular historic sites such as Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nikko Base and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Winter Sports
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner.

Fly from Nikko to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nikko in April, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Himeji — 2 nights

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 (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudoin Temple, boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey maker website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Ishigaki — 5 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.
Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Bay will get you outdoors. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiraho Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sun).
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

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.