22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 day
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Ikspiari). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, walk around Ueno Park, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kids will enjoy Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
On the 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Ukiyokoji Street, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mikasahama Beach, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Okonomimura.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 1 day

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stroll through Ohori Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.