22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3 h 30 min
2
Tottori
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Kikuchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Aso
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
7
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  4 h
8
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
Osaka Free Walking Tour has been added to your itinerary.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Honolulu, USA to Osaka is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 19 hour difference. Traveling from Honolulu in September, expect Osaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 82°F and 69°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Tottori.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Free Walking Tour ©
Osaka Free Walking Tour
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
National Bunraku Theater ©
National Bunraku Theater

2
nights
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the views from Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, witness a stunning natural landmark at Arayu, then examine the collection at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, and finally contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Tottori Sand Dunes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitoku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally steep yourself in history at Jinpu-kaku Hall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tottori trip builder site.

You can drive from Osaka to Tottori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Tottori are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Misasa-cho, Arayu, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki
Highlights from your plan
Hakuto Shrine ©
Hakuto Shrine
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan ©
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You'll set off for Kumamoto on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kumamoto Castle. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kikuchi.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sl Hitoyoshi
Highlights from your plan
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

2
nights
Kikuchi

Kikuchi ©
Kikuchi is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kikuchi Shrine and then appreciate the views at Kikuchi Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kumamoto Prefectural Ancient Burial Mound Museum, then examine the collection at Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum, then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Shichijo Melon Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Historical Park Kikuchi Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kikuchi travel website.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Kikuchi in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Kikuchi are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You'll set off for Aso on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Kikuchi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Yamaga
Highlights from your plan
Kikuchi Gorge ©
Kikuchi Gorge
Kikuchi Shrine ©
Kikuchi Shrine
Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum ©
Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum

2
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, cruise along Kusasenri, then see the interesting displays at Aso Volcano Museum, and finally head outdoors with Aso Panorama Line. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aso travel planner.

Drive from Kikuchi to Aso in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Aso are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Aso Panorama Line ©
Aso Panorama Line
Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Shochikuza as well as Hozenji Yokocho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Explore Osaka further: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Aso to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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