22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip app.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In June, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then head outdoors with Matsue Swimming Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, stroll around Nakanoshima Park, shop like a local with Dotombori District, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Kanazawa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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 17th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation maker.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:

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.