22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Seattle

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Mon), wander the streets of Odaiba and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station. On your second day here, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online itinerary creator.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 40°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Yamatoya Ebisucho Honten, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajima.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

6
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Taisha for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera and Arashiyama. Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Byodoin
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the different shops at piole HIMEJI and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Piole Himeji ©
Piole Himeji

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 28th (Thu), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. On the next day, wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Tokyo DisneySea. Shop till you drop at The Tsukiji Market and Asakusa. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo Disneyland (in Urayasu) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary maker.

Take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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