22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 76°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Asago (Takeda Teramachi Street & Mikobata Senkojo Mine) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, identify plant and animal life at Hattoji Furusatomura, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Asago, Kunimi no Mori Park, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Hattoji Furusatomura
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

5
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 these side-trips from Kyoto: Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro, and walk around Yodoryokuchi Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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