22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 7 nights

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Nagasaki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
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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 (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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