22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
9
Himeji
— 1 night
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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nights
Matsumoto

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Otensho, and gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu.

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Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

4
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tamade no Taki and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

1
night
Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

2
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 23rd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then get interesting insight from Tours, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hiroshima trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.