22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
bus:  1​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
9
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Nikko
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Narita

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea. Have a day of magic on the 18th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey maker tool .

Narita to Tokyo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fujiyoshida day trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Fujiyoshida hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaizu Osaki and Kamogawa River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Takashima (Otomegaike Pond, Metasequoia Namiki, & more) and Mt. Matsuo (in Sekigahara-cho). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto holiday site .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takashima, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Lake Biwa, Mt. Matsuo
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Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Lake Biwa ©
Lake Biwa
Metasequoia Namiki ©
Metasequoia Namiki

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 26th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), examine the collection at Mint Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

Make your Osaka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Osaka is very close to Nara. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Asa Zoological Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asa Zoological Park ©
Asa Zoological Park
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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 29th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

1
night
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 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally head outdoors with Shishiku Park.

To plan Kanazawa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Shishiku Park
Highlights from your plan
Shishiku Park ©
Shishiku Park
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiga Kogen.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi driving holiday planning website .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Shiga Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip tool .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife Parks Winter Sports
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Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Meguro River and Nezu Museum. Kids will enjoy Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ueno Zoo. See some other sides of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, and stroll through Ueno Park.

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

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meguro River ©
Meguro River

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