22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner.

Athens, Greece to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Athens to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in January, with highs in Kyoto at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get some cultural insight at Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum. Appreciate the collections at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son) and Himeyuri Peace Museum (in Itoman). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree and see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naha visit site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, you will find days in Naha are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and then examine the collection at Dejima. On the next day, stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip builder app.

Fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Naha in February, plan for little chillier days in Nagasaki, with highs around 12°C, while nights are colder with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Binen Yumeromu Museum, steep yourself in history at Wada House, and then make a trip to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nagase house, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura itinerary tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Shirakawa-mura by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or drive. In February, Shirakawa-mura is a bit cooler than Nagasaki - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shirakawa-mura in February, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 4°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel planning website.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.