22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Takehara
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

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

Nottingham, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Nottingham to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nottingham in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

3
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then explore the activities along Kamogawa River, and finally tour or see a game at NINJA VR KYOTO. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

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Kobe

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll around Shukugawa Park, see the interesting displays at Koshien History Museum, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kobe sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunset Owl Cafe and Hankyu Umeda Honten. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route builder tool.

Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takehara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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Takehara

Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ao Island, Shimanami Kaido and Okunoshima Island. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get great views at Shimanami Kaido, steep yourself in history at Poison Gas Laboratory Remains, head off the coast to Okunoshima Island, then examine the collection at Okunoshima Island Poison Gas Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hiroshima Airport Observation Deck, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ao Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Morikawatei, steep yourself in history at Old Kasai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saihoji Fumeikaku Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Takehara Townscape Preservation Area, then don't miss a visit to Ruins of Mihara Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Mihara Port.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takehara trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Takehara by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Osaka in September, expect nights in Takehara to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takehara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Motoyasu River. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Reikado, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and snap pictures at Aioi Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Takehara to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
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Matsuyama

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, make a trip to Shinrokaku, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, then examine the collection at Seki Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Kurushima Straits Observation Hall, walk around Itoyama Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hojo Kashima, then head off the coast to Gogoshima Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip maker.

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.