22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Himeji

— 1 night
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 26th (Thu): stroll through Shimmaiko Beach. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji travel route builder app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Himeji is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Odaiba District and Kōtoku-in are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Nishizawa Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Kochoji Temple (in Numazu), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto). There's more to do: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Get in touch with nature at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Norikura Kogen. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Mikurigaike Pond (in Tateyama-machi) and Mt.Takagari (in Omachi). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato, and trek along Ogahana.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama (Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, Matsuyama Castle, &more) and Mikasahama Beach (in Hatsukaichi). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.