22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Nezu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to teamLab☆Planets and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and wander the streets of Shimokitazawa.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, take in the exciting artwork at Hakone Craft House, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally explore the ancient world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Soji-ji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Yokohama World Porters, get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then don't miss a visit to Nipponmaru Memorial Park, then see the interesting displays at Yokohama Port Museum, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa, kick back and relax at Morito Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morito Shrine, then get outside with Kamakura Hiking Trails, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yokohama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and subway; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Do your shopping at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Amanatto Kawamura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Nanto (Original Gashozukuri, Gokayama, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine), contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Yokohama to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yokohama in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip builder website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto to go to Otsu and see Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

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Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 15th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ekie, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Peace Flame, then make a trip to Monokoto Store, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Shopping

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Wakakusa and Eeyan. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more) and Ikaruga-cho (Chuguji Temple & Horyu-ji Temple). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.