22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
+2
Fly + subway + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Doha

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Doha, Qatar to Hiroshima is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Doha in May: highs in Hiroshima hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
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

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Asago (Awaga Shrine & Takeda Teramachi Street), Yakuno Gembugan Park (in Fukuchiyama) and Tottori Sand Dunes (in Tottori). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip builder .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Asago, Okayama, Kurashiki, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yakuno Gembugan Park
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

4
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 Nishiki Market Shopping District as well as Ginkakuji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Daimaru Museum Umeda, Osaka Castle, & more) and Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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