22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kashima
— 1 night
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park.

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Copenhagen, Denmark to Nikko is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Copenhagen to Nikko, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, expect Nikko to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Nikko National Park ©
National Park
Nikko National Park
4.7
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
4.4

3
nights
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online holiday planner.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Highlights from your trip
Odaiba District ©
Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2
Tokyo Tower ©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

2
nights
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 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi road trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Water Body
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
4.1

2
nights
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 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanazawa Shrine, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
Kenrokuen Garden
Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
4.5
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Higashichaya Old Town
3.9

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nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
Nijo Castle ©
World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3

2
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Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Iwakura Valley, then go for a walk through Ishitera Tea Plantation, then steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and finally explore the activities along Saho River.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planning website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip
Nara Park ©
Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5
Todai-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Osaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your trip
Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0

1
night
Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Osaka to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Kashima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Kashima

Kashima is a city located in the southern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 30,159 and a population density of 270 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yutoku Inari Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kashima day trip planning app.

You can drive from Yakushima-cho to Kashima in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, Kashima is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kashima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Religious Site
Yutoku Inari Shrine
4.6

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