22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Kashima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Nakanoto-machi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Onomichi
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  3​h
9
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Minamioguni-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
11
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Kashima-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Kashima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Reihoku-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
15
Amakusa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
16
Ibusuki
— 1 night
ferry:  45​min
17
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Beijing

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night
Kashima

Kashima ©
Kashima is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingū Shrine, walk around Oka Park, then stroll around Ono Shiosai Hamanasu Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nihommatsuji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chosho-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kashima online road trip planner .

Beijing, China to Kashima is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Kashima due to the time zone difference. March in Kashima sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kashima

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Itako
Highlights from your plan
Kashima Jingū Shrine ©
Kashima Jingū Shrine
Nihommatsuji Temple ©
Nihommatsuji Temple
Ono Shiosai Hamanasu Park ©
Ono Shiosai Hamanasu Park

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Arakurayama Sengen Park (in Fujiyoshida). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Kashima to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Kashima in March, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 43°F at night. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nakanoto-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arakurayama Sengen Park, Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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Nakanoto-machi

Nakanoto-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Isurugihiko Shrine and then delve into the distant past at Rain Shrine Burial Mounds.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nakanoto-machi trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Nakanoto-machi in 7 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Nakanoto-machi, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Nakanoto-machi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Isurugihiko Shrine ©
Isurugihiko Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ritsurin Garden, then have fun at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Takamatsu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nakanoto-machi to Takamatsu. Traveling from Nakanoto-machi in March, expect nights in Takamatsu to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Yashima-ji Temple ©
Yashima-ji Temple

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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then head off the coast to Naoshima, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho journey planner .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. March in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Onomichi.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), head outdoors with Ikuchijima, admire the masterpieces at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, then take in the views from Ikuchi Bridge, and finally stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Onomichi trip planner .

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Onomichi in 2.5 hours. In March in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onomichi

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art ©
Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima attractions planner.

Hiroshima is very close to Onomichi. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine.

Plan my trip to Hatsukaichi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. March in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Beppu.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beppu trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Beppu, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

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Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Nabegataki Falls, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Ikeyama Springs, and finally get great views at Senomoto Kogen.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Minamioguni-machi visit planner .

You can drive from Beppu to Minamioguni-machi in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aso.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Nabegataki Falls, Ikeyama Springs
Highlights from your plan
Nabegataki Falls ©
Nabegataki Falls

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Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get great views at Daikanbo, relax in the rural setting at Couples, then get a taste of life in the country at Mo-mo- Farm Takehara Bokujo, and finally get outside with Aso Panorama Line.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aso trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Minamioguni-machi to Aso takes an hour. March in Aso sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Kashima-machi.

Things to do in Aso

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line

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Kashima-machi

Kashima-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Mifune Dinosaur Museum, make a trip to Ukishima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kai Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kashima-machi trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Aso to Kashima-machi takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kashima-machi can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kashima.

Things to do in Kashima-machi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mifune Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ukishima Shrine ©
Ukishima Shrine
Aeon Mall Kumamoto Clair ©
Aeon Mall Kumamoto Clair

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Kashima

Kashima ©
Kashima is a city located in the southern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 30,159 and a population density of 270 persons per km². On the 17th (Tue), walk around Fukudomi Myland Park, contemplate the long history of Sakagura Dori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine, then make a trip to Akamon Otemon, and finally make a trip to Asahigaoka Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kashima trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kashima-machi to Kashima in 2.5 hours. March in Kashima sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Reihoku-machi.

Things to do in Kashima

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fukudomi Myland Park
Highlights from your plan
Asahigaoka Park ©
Asahigaoka Park
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Akamon Otemon ©
Akamon Otemon

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Reihoku-machi

Reihoku-machi ©
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Oppaiiwa, explore the historical opulence of Tomioka Castle, then walk around Tomioka Marine Park, and finally head outdoors with Sunset Line.

Before you visit Reihoku-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Kashima to Reihoku-machi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Reihoku-machi

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tomioka Castle ©
Tomioka Castle

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Amakusa

Amakusa ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Sakitsu Museum Minatoya, pause for some serene contemplation at Sakitsu Catholic Church, then walk around Nishibira Tsubaki Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kigaigaura Observation Deck, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amakusa trip itinerary website .

Amakusa is very close to Reihoku-machi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Amakusa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church

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Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, don't miss a visit to JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ibusuki trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Amakusa to Ibusuki by car takes about 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
Onsen Resorts
Cape Nagasakibana ©
Cape Nagasakibana

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Tsukiyomi Shrine, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, then explore the activities along Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, and finally contemplate the long history of Sengan-en.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kagoshima trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Ibusuki to Kagoshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ibusuki in March, Kagoshima is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Tsukiyomi Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi Shrine

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