22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 1 day
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and shop like a local with Ginza.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Nagasaki

— 1 day

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.
On the 7th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

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Fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyosen-ji Temple, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

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Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
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 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Sengokuhara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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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.