22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Takehara
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Matsuyama
— 3 nights

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to teamLab☆Planets and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and head outdoors with Kamakura Hiking Trails.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder website.

Nottingham, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Nottingham to Tokyo. Traveling from Nottingham in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Enoshima Island
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Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) ©
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, thenexplore the activities along Kamogawa River, and finally tour or see a game at NINJA VR KYOTO. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, thensavor the flavors at Food & Drink, thensteep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Classes
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Beer Tastings & Tours
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

2
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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll around Shukugawa Park, see the interesting displays at Koshien History Museum, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, thenwander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kobe sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Awaji, Nishinomiya
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Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunset Owl Cafe and Nakanoshima Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takehara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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Takehara

Takehara ©
Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ao Island, Shimanami Kaido and Okunoshima Island. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get great views at Shimanami Kaido, steep yourself in history at Poison Gas Laboratory Remains, head off the coast to Okunoshima Island, thentake a leisurely stroll along Okuno Port, thenexamine the collection at Okunoshima Island Poison Gas Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hiroshima Airport Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Morikawatei, steep yourself in history at Old Kasai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saihoji Fumeikaku Temple, thenget to know the fascinating history of Takehara Townscape Preservation Area, thendon't miss a visit to Ruins of Mihara Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Mihara Port.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takehara trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Takehara by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Osaka in September, expect nights in Takehara to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takehara

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mihara, Ao Island, Shimanami Kaido, Mt. Kannomineyama
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Takehara Townscape Preservation Area ©
Takehara Townscape Preservation Area
Okunoshima Island ©
Okunoshima Island
Ao Island ©
Ao Island

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Peace Flame. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Reikado, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and snap pictures at Aioi Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Takehara to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, make a trip to Shinrokaku, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, thenexamine the collection at Seki Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Kurushima Straits Observation Hall, walk around Itoyama Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Hojo Kashima, thenhead off the coast to Gogoshima Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip maker.

Ride a ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Imabari
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum ©
Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum

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