22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14​h
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kanazawa. Traveling from Vancouver in April, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto route maker .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Kobe Harborland) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and admire all the interesting features of MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

6
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.
Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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