22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Shirakawa
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and wander the streets of Ginza.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 18th (Thu), make a trip to Miyajima, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mashikeitsukushima Shrine.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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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 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

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Nara

Nara ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. On your second day here, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Kamogawa River and Lake Biwa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Railway Museum and Omimaiko Beach. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally wander the streets of Gokayama. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and then head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. On your second day here, stop by Hida Bussankan and then take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takayama trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Shirakawa no Sekiato, contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, and finally make a trip to Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Shirakawa trip simple and quick.

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa by car takes about 6.5 hours. When traveling from Takayama in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Shirakawa, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

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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 31st (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuka Waterfall, and finally take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Shirakawa to Nikko by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): shop like a local with Takeshita Street, wander the streets of Asakusa, and then wander the streets of Akihabara.

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

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ueno District ©
Ueno District

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