22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  22​h
End: Sofia

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the sheer force of Kenshin Falls, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kenshin Falls, Mount Fuji, Waku Pond, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa attractions site .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Himeji road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kunimi no Mori Park, Jodoji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
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

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