22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and take an in-depth tour of Schmoe House.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Hiroshima is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in March, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, & more), Himeji (Koko-en Garden, Himeji Castle, & more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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