22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Kudoyama-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Osaka

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Imaise Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima journey maker website .

Osaka to Hiroshima is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Maruoka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then wander the streets of Gokayama, then make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Natadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, then explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in November since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taiji Whale Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 16th (Sat), look for gifts at Sugisho, get advice or help at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nachikatsura-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Sugisho ©
Sugisho

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushifuru Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and then steep yourself in history at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, examine the collection at Underground Dam Museum, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in November: highs in Miyakojima hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Underground Dam Museum ©
Underground Dam Museum

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, then examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, then contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kudoyama-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Island Countryside Settlement, Kuroshima Research Institute
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kuroshima Research Institute ©
Kuroshima Research Institute

2
nights
Kudoyama-cho

Kudoyama-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fugen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kudoyama-cho road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Kudoyama-cho with the Route module. In November, Kudoyama-cho is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kudoyama-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Niukanshofu Shrine ©
Niukanshofu Shrine

Similar Plans

23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, kids, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ITALY March, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan & South Korea BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans