22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly + Train:  16​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Hikone
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Naruto
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Okayama
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
7
Takamatsu
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 30​min
8
Okayama
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
9
Onomichi
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
10
Okayama
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
11
Matsue
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
12
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Nagato
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Yamaguchi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
17
Beppu
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 30​min
18
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
19
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
20
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Geneva

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Philosopher's Walk, Koun-an Temple, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip tool .

Geneva, Switzerland to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in April, with highs in Kyoto at 22°C and lows at 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Hikone.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

few
hours
Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, Yumekyobashi Castel Road and Ii Naomasa Statue.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hikone driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hikone takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hikone: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Yumekyobashi Castel Road ©
Yumekyobashi Castel Road

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tofuku-ji Temple as well as Pontocho. On the 13th (Fri), wander the streets of Pontocho.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Hikone to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hikone in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off toOkayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've added Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle, Nishigawa Canal Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nishigawa Canal Park, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kinojo Iwaya, step into the grandiose world of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, then get great views at Fukiya Furusato Village, and finally make a trip to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Okayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Takahashi, Soja, Kurashiki Ivy Square, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

1
day
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 17th (Tue), snap pictures at Konaruto Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then explore the activities along Naruto Strait.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Naruto trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Okayama to Naruto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Okayama in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Konaruto Bridge ©
Konaruto Bridge

1
night
Okayama

Okayama
For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Naruto to Okayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Naruto in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Okayama, with lows around 9°C. You'll set off for Takamatsu on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
day
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shikoku Mura Village as well as Naoshima. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): head off the coast to Naoshima, then steep yourself in history at Shikoku Mura Village, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu day trip app .

Getting from Okayama to Takamatsu by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Naoshima
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

1
night
Okayama

Okayama
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Takamatsu to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Onomichi on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
day
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
You've added Jyodo Shrine, Saikokuji Temple, Mt. Shirataki, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jyodo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, then snap pictures at Shinonomichio Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Neko no Hosomichi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Onomichi online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Okayama to Onomichi in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple
Neko no Hosomichi ©
Neko no Hosomichi
Shinonomichio Bridge ©
Shinonomichio Bridge

1
night
Okayama

Okayama
For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama road trip app .

Getting from Onomichi to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Matsue on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shiomi Nawate Street, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Izumo Taisha Shrine, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matsue Jozan Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden, then examine the collection at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Shiomi Nawate Street.

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Getting from Okayama to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Matsue sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Jozan Park ©
Matsue Jozan Park
Yuushien Garden ©
Yuushien Garden
Shinji Lake ©
Shinji Lake

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canal City Hakata, Fukuoka Tower and Nanzoin. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): catch a live performance at Canal City Hakata, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kego Park. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Nagato on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanzoin
Highlights from your plan
Canal City Hakata ©
Canal City Hakata
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Fukuoka Tower ©
Fukuoka Tower

few
hours
Nagato

Nagato ©
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Higashi Ushirobata Tanada, then don't miss a visit to Motonosumiinari Shrine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Omijima Nature Path.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagato trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagato by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fukuoka in April: highs in Nagato hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Motonosumi Shrine ©
Motonosumi Shrine

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nagato to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Nagato in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Fukuoka: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. You will leave for Yamaguchi on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
day
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, Kozan Park, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Yamaguchi Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, make a trip to Kozan Park, make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamaguchi Prefecture Government Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi trip site .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Yamaguchi in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, expect nights in Yamaguchi to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden ©
Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Kozan Park ©
Kozan Park

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Yamaguchi to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yamaguchi in April, expect nights in Fukuoka to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. On the 26th (Thu), you're off toBeppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
day
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Beppu Tower, Beppu Park and Kamado Jigoku. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Beppu Park, get great views at Beppu Tower, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umijigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beppu trip planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in April, plan for little chillier days in Beppu, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Beppu Park ©
Beppu Park
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online travel route planner .

Getting from Beppu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kagoshima City Museum of Art as well as Reimeikan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kagoshima City Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, go for a walk through Sengan-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Tsurumaru Castle Ruins, then take an in-depth tour of Reimeikan, and finally stroll through Kotsukigawa Green Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima, appreciate the history behind Okubo Toshimichi Statue, then explore the activities along Kinko Bay, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Yamakataya Kagoshima.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima online trip builder .

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chiran Peace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yamakataya Kagoshima ©
Yamakataya Kagoshima
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market as well as Nanba Grand Kagetsu. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then catch a live performance at Nanba Grand Kagetsu.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online travel route builder .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kagoshima to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Nanba Grand Kagetsu ©
Nanba Grand Kagetsu
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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