22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Nikko
— 5 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaze no Michi and then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then don't miss a visit to Marugame Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Shionoe-cho.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Takamatsu is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Takamatsu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Takamatsu reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamano.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marugame Castle, Kaze no Michi, Kotohira-gu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

1
night
Tamano

Tamano ©
Tamano is a city located in southern Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamano visit planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Tamano in 1.5 hours. In May in Tamano, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tamano

Museums

Side Trip

Naoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Ando Museum ©
Ando Museum

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 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally examine the collection at Mazda Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Tamano to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Senjokaku, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ono Residence, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Shosekiheki Cliff.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Himeji journey planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Dotonbori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Baths Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Highlights from your plan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, steep yourself in history at Wada House, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hida Furukawa Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, and finally make a trip to Kiunkaku. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then shop like a local with Pola Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi day trip planning website .

Getting from Takayama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Atami, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Mon), make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Yanaka, and finally contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

5
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Explore hidden gems such as Oze National Park and Oya Stone Museum. Get some historical perspective at Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Ikaho Stone Steps (in Shibukawa), Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki) and Semba Boadwalk (in Mito). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, take in breathtaking views at Ryuokyo Canyon, take in the history at Senjogahara Field, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Nikko, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haruna Shrine, Oze National Park, Oya Stone Museum, Ikaho Stone Steps, Semba Boadwalk
Highlights from your plan
Oze National Park ©
Oze National Park
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls

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