19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Yokohama
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Mt. Takao. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mitsumine Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Yanaka District, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and visit Ueno District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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Matsumoto

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto tour planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get slightly colder in Matsumoto: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya ©
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Neighborhoods · Classes · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natadera Temple and Gokayama. You'll explore and learn at Toyama Glass Art Museum and Kanazawa Noh Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Suganuma Gassho Community). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Shima, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Takayama to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasuke Inari Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soji-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Memorial Warships Mikasa, and finally contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Yokohama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Yokohama to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku and then explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi attractions website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Osaka in October, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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