22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  4​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Nikko
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Misen and Mikasahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Tokyo to Hiroshima is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Popular historic sites such as Himeji Castle and Okayama Castle are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takeda Castle Ruins and Nagoyama Reien Busharito. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Shimmaiko Beach (in Tatsuno), Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen) and Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan)). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iida Ebisu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Okayama, Keino Matsubara Beach, Shimmaiko Beach, Hattoji Furusatomura, Tendaki Falls
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Tokugawa Art Museum
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Akihabara, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Moroiso Shores, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Ita Beach. Appreciate the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Shuzen-ji Temple (in Izu), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Otago Beach (in Nishiizu-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Otago Beach, Kinomiya Shrine, Ita Beach, Shuzen-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

3
nights
Nikko

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nikko Tosho-gu and Okumiya are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Kegon Falls and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Nasu Animal Kingdom (in Nasu-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and walk around Nikko National Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nikko visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Nikko hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko National Park, Nasu Animal Kingdom, Oya History Museum
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Nasu Animal Kingdom ©
Nasu Animal Kingdom
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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