22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Uozu
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Honen-in, Keage Incline, Nejirimampo (Keage Tunnel), and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Mimurotoji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Yamazaki River in Nagoya--about 2h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Kyoto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mishima Skywalk as well as Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally go for a walk through Mishima Skywalk.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida

— 1 night
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hakone-machi to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Edo Castle Sotobori Yotsuya Mitsukre Remains, Tayasu Gate, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Hie Jinjya. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Uozu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Uozu

— 2 nights
Uozu is a city in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 42,556 and a population density of 212 persons per km². Kurobe Gorge Railway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial, take a memorable tour with Kurobe Gorge Railway, walk around Omachi Kaigan Park, admire the landmark architecture of Komesodo Hassho no Chi, then take in the history at Uozu Castle Remains, and finally examine the collection at Uozu Buried Forest Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uozu trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Uozu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Uozu are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Uozu

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore hidden gems such as Takayama Jinya and Matsumoto Castletown Springs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Kiso-machi (Kaidakogen Plateau, Kisomanosato, &more), Matsumoto (Tokusawa, Karasawa Carl, &more) and Agematsu-machi (Mt. Hokendake & Mt. Kiso Komagatake). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), head outdoors with Senjojiki Cirque, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Uozu to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Takayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Sun), stop by Amanatto Kawamura, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip site.

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Osaka

— 2 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 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Nakanoshima Park, take a stroll through Dotombori District, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.