22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  19​h 15​min
1
Kagoshima
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fukushima
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Akita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Aomori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
12
Wakkanai
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Shari-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Rausu-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Kushiro
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
16
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth


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1
day
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Plan my trip to Kagoshima with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Perth, Australia to Kagoshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Kagoshima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in September; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Spas
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum
Thermal Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then stop by Monokoto Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Hiroshima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally explore the activities along Saho River.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation maker site .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and then stroll through Shinmaiko Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kobegama, then make a trip to Inuyama Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Shinmaiko Marine Park, Inuyama Castle, Kobegama, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank ©
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
day
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bikki Numa and then contemplate the geological forces at Azuma Kofuji.

Start your trip to Fukushima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Nagoya to Fukushima with the Route module. Traveling from Nagoya in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fukushima, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Akita Kensanhin Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taihei River, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Omoriyama Zoo.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Akita road trip app .

You can drive from Fukushima to Akita in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Omoriyama Zoo ©
Omoriyama Zoo

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 29th (Sun), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then get outside with Hakkoda Odake, and then buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY.

Start your trip to Aomori by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Akita to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Shopping Spas
Highlights from your plan
A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Thermal Spas

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip maker .

You can take a train from Aomori to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, and then fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho takes 2.5 hours. October in Shakotan-cho sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui

1
day
Wakkanai

Wakkanai
The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
On the 3rd (Thu), cruise along Yuhigaoka Parking Area and then head outdoors with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai day trip planning website .

Getting from Shakotan-cho to Wakkanai by car takes about 7 hours. In October, daytime highs in Wakkanai are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors Scenic Drive

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get outside with Road to Heaven, explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho travel planning app .

Getting from Wakkanai to Shari-cho by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

1
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Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
On the 5th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu and then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rausu-cho trip tool .

Getting from Shari-cho to Rausu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

1
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Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
On the 6th (Sun), make a trip to Onnenai Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kushiro trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Kushiro takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Onnenai Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park ©

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Tokyo

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): shop like a local with Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba. On the next day, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, stop by Kimono Me, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kushiro to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kushiro in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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