22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montpellier
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tottori
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Akita
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
9
Aomori
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  30​min
10
Towada
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Mutsu
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Montpellier

1
night
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 11th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary planner .

Montpellier, France to Fukuoka is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Montpellier in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fukuoka, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, steep yourself in history at Glover House and Office, and then explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck
Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing ©
Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the activities along Shinji Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miho Shrine, then make a trip to Former Taisha Station, and finally get your bearings at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Matsue online journey planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matsue are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

2
nights
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple, make a trip to Tottori City Shikano Orai Koryukan Dream, then see the interesting displays at Natural house of San'in Kaigan Geopark sea and the earth, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Arayu, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tottori route app .

You can drive from Matsue to Tottori in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tottori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shinonsen-cho, Natural house of San'in Kaigan Geopark sea and the earth, Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Arayu ©
Arayu
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Tenshukakau Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

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You can drive from Tottori to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tenshukakau Observatory, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 24th (Thu), look for gifts at Akita Kensanhin Plaza, then make a trip to Photo Gallery Blue Hole, and then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Omoriyama Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Nida no Akitafuki, and then admire the masterpieces at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akita tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kanazawa to Akita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Akita is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Photo Gallery Blue Hole, Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Omoriyama Zoo ©
Omoriyama Zoo
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum

2
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, then walk around Hirosaki Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwaki, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hirosaki online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Akita to Hirosaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then get outside with Hakkoda Odake, and then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aomori trip planner .

You can drive from Hirosaki to Aomori in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Aomori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

1
night
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, and then snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada driving holiday planner .

Towada is just a stone's throw from Aomori. Traveling from Aomori in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Towada, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mutsu.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall

1
night
Mutsu

Mutsu ©
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, head outdoors with Osorezan, and then take in panoramic vistas at Kamafuseyama Observatory.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mutsu travel planning website .

Getting from Towada to Mutsu by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mutsu

Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Osorezan ©
Osorezan

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