22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Himeji

— 1 night
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 4th (Tue), wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and then go for a walk through Ono Cherry Blossom Corridor. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji online road trip planner.

Durham, UK to Himeji is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in April, with highs in Himeji at 20°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Odaiba District, wander the streets of Akihabara, and walk around Ueno Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.