22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tottori
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Wakayama
— 1 night
Drive
4
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kumano
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shoshazan Engyoji and Awajihanasajiki. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Maiko Marine Promenade (in Kobe), Nojima Fault Preservation Museum (in Awaji) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Himeji is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Himeji is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Himeji: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

2
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Tottori

A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Natanejima Island, get outside with Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, admire the landmark architecture of Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, then explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tottori Castle Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannonin, steep yourself in history at Ochidani Shrine Main Hall, kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, then kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, and finally see the interesting displays at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tottori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Tottori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Tottori when traveling from Himeji in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
Wakayama

Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, see the interesting displays at Kao Eco Lab Museum, then contemplate the long history of Site of Miyama Batttery, then contemplate the long history of Second Battery Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Hirai Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wakayama day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Wakayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

1
night
Koya-cho

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Rokkaku Kyozo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Koya-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wakayama to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites

2
nights
Kumano

On the 18th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, then explore the activities along Nachi Forest, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiuma Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Osugi Canyon, then trek along Yakiyama Pass, and then take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Toge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kumano online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Koya-cho to Kumano by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

3
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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Soni-mura (Soni Highland & Kurosoyama), Izawanomiya (in Shima) and Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, and cruise along Pearl Road.

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

Drive from Kumano to Ise in 2 hours. While traveling from Kumano, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

4
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Okochi Sanso Garden. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

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Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuka-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Maya and Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck). Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, awaken your taste buds at Kampai Sake Tours, capture your vacation like a pro with Photoguider-Japan, and stroll through Nakanoshima Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip site.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Wakayama Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Aquariums · Historic Sites
Wakayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama.HistoryPresent-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of Kii.1953 flood disasterOn July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.GeographyCitiesNine cities are in Wakayama Prefecture:AridaGobōHashimoto IwadeKainanKinokawa ShingūTanabeWakayama (capital)Towns and villagesThese are the towns and villages in each district:

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