22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Shibukawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
5
Okinawa City
— 3 nights

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Kakuonji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oyama Afuri Shrine and Daiszenji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori (Fukushin Dry Goods Store, Former Abuso Trade Store, &more), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Yokohama) and National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuhombutsu Joshin-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shibukawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Katori, Koshu, Kamakura, Isehara, Samukawa-machi
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Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

2
nights
Shibukawa

Shibukawa ©
Often referred to as the "Belly Button of Japan," the city of Shibukawa celebrates its status as the country's geographical center by hosting the Heso Matsuri, or Belly Button Festival.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gumma Glass Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Hoshina Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Ikaho Checking Station, thencontemplate the long history of Ikaho Imperial Villa, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Iouji Temple Yakushido, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Takene Observation Point. On your second day here, stop by Shoku-no-Eki Gumma, Ikaho, make a trip to Hosui-ji Temple, make a trip to Shibukawa Skyland Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shorenji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinkoji Temple, and finally stop by Taru no Kanko Strawberry Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shibukawa itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shibukawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Shibukawa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shibukawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Shinkoji Temple ©
Shinkoji Temple
Shorenji Temple ©
Shorenji Temple
Hoshina Art Museum ©
Hoshina Art Museum

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kurama-dera and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ishiyamadera Temple and Daikaku-ji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Kashihara (Imanishike Residence & Kashihara Jingu). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route builder.

Getting from Shibukawa to Kyoto by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Shibukawa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nara, Kashihara, Ishiyamadera Temple, Asuka-dera Temple, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Honen-in ©
Honen-in
Kurama-dera ©
Kurama-dera
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple

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.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, examine the collection at Himeji City Museum of Literature, thencontemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, thenstroll around Himeji Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamo Jinja Shrine, contemplate the long history of Osake Jinja Shrine, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temman Shrine, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Spas Baths

Side Trips

Takasago, Osake Jinja Shrine, Kamo Jinja Shrine
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Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Kamo Jinja Shrine ©
Kamo Jinja Shrine
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Get some cultural insight at Sakima Art Museum and The Site of Chibana Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Manza Dream Hole and Diamond Beach. Take a break from Okinawa City with a short trip to Sun Marina Beach in Onna-son, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Sunabe No.1, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awase Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, and find something for the whole family at Southeast Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Okinawa City attractions site.

Explore your travel options from Himeji to Okinawa City with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Sunabe No.1, Toguchi Beach, Sakima Art Museum
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Southeast Botanical Gardens ©
Southeast Botanical Gardens
Sakima Art Museum ©
Sakima Art Museum
Okinawa Zoo & Museum ©
Okinawa Zoo & Museum

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