22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally steep yourself in history at Glover Garden. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, make a trip to The Virgin Mary Statue on the Cape, take in the views from Megane Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Nagasaki. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Nagasaki, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
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: Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen), Kyu Zentsujikaikosya (in Zentsuji) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Kurashiki, Zuiganji Temple, Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

1
night
Okayama

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): see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally experience rural life at Kibi Farm Pika Pika.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip planner .

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. 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

Side Trip

Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip app .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kasuga Grand Shrine, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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