22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Okayama
— 1 night
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
6
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
7
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama.

Find out how to plan Okayama trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Okayama when traveling from Hiroshima in March, with lows around 3°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
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AEON MALL Mall Okayama ©
AEON MALL Mall Okayama
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then get a taste of the local shopping with Fuuka-Kimono, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take a stroll through Sakae, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikone, Inuyama Castle
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 4th (Sat), take a stroll through Nakamachi Street and then steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and finally browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto online trip planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Matsumoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Nagoya in April, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza

9
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Kōtoku-in. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Kamakura (Catholic Yukinosita Church, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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