22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  19​h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Denver

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Denver, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Denver to Hiroshima. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in October: highs in Hiroshima hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, & more) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bizen, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and walk around Yodoryokuchi Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Kanazawa (Kanazawa Castle, Omicho Market, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto Castle
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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