22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Kamakura
— 1 night
Fly
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Imabari
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then explore the striking landscape at Umanose, and finally examine the collection at Tanabata Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, then take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, and finally appreciate the views at Ogi Valley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Sendai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joukoumyouji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Imabari.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

Imabari

— 2 nights
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
On the 10th (Thu), make a trip to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, head outdoors with Ikuchijima, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, and finally see what you can catch with WAKKA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Nibukawa Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Namekawakeikoku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Imabari vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Imabari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Imabari sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Imabari to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Misaoyama Park Satoyama Center, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then hunt for treasures at Kyobashi Morning Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Uomi.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji visit planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.