22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Yamanakako-mura
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
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Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

Yamanakako-mura

— 1 night
For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanakako-mura trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Yamanakako-mura in 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Yamanakako-mura are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Yamanakako-mura to Takayama in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yamanakako-mura in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cycle Kyoto. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mt. Takao. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kifune Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
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Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nakanoshima Park and Food Tours. Get outdoors at Mt. Kongo and Sakuya Konohanakan. It doesn't end there: walk around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi and don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Himeji hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay Side Beach Saka and then see what you can catch with Outdoor Trips Japan. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

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.