22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Gero
— 1 night
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
6
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
8
Gifu
— 1 night
9
Nagoya
— 2 nights
10
Izu
— 2 nights
11
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights

1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Onsenji Temple, see the interesting displays at Gerohatsu Onsen Museum, thenexamine the collection at Gero Onsen Gassho Village, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gero Onsen Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarubobo Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gero day trip planning tool.

Tokyo to Gero is an approximately 5-hour car ride. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Gero, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Gero

Museums Historic Sites
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Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum ©
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): snap pictures at Deai Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thencontemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura planner.

You can drive from Gero to Shirakawa-mura in 2 hours. Traveling from Gero in May, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Shirakawa-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, thenwander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planning app.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Jishu Shrine in Otsu, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, thenkick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online travel route planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go for a walk through Ohori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, thentake an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gifu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kinka Ropeway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, thenstep into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Oda Nobunaga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gifu trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Gifu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gifu, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha) ©

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, thenadmire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Gifu to Nagoya in an hour. Another option is to drive. May in Nagoya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Izu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll around Izu Shaboten Zoo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Jogasaki Coast, examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomotokan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Izu sightseeing site.

Take a train from Nagoya to Izu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Izu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ito
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Omuro ©
Mount Omuro
Ikeda museum of 20th century art ©
Ikeda museum of 20th century art
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), thentake an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Izu to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in May, things will get little chillier in Hakone-machi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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