22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
3
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Okayama
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, don't miss a visit to The Virgin Mary Statue on the Cape, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nagasaki day trip app.

Melbourne, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days in Nagasaki, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

3
nights
Takamatsu

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art), Kyu Zentsujikaikosya (in Zentsuji) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office, and get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

1
night
Okayama

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally relax in the rural setting at Kibi Farm Pika Pika.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Okayama day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Okayama sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka visit planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

5
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Odaiba District, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.