23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Nishi Honganji. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune-jinja Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour builder app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Kyoto. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 27°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amaharashi Coast, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amaharashi Coast, Suganuma Gassho Community, Natadera Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
On the 4th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, then trek along Odashirogahara, and finally contemplate the long history of Hongu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Kanazawa in November, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Chuzenji Temple ©
Chuzenji Temple

3
nights
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 Kencho-ji Temple. Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Hie Jinjya will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing) (in Kamakura) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji and stroll around Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Mt. Takao
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, and then kick back and relax at Isso Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

Plan trip to Yakushima-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Kayaking & Canoeing. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya and Miyako Shrine. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, and get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodaiji Temple. Visit Kongobu-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park, Nara National Museum, & more) and Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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