22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
End: Austin

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Odaiba, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Tokyo at 54°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 12th (Thu), go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, snap pictures at Oshino Omiya Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Panoramic Viewing Platform, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shakushi, and finally stroll around Suwanomori Nature Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Ryugatake, Oshino Omiya Bridge
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Suwanomori Nature Park ©
Suwanomori Nature Park

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, walk around Nagao Castle Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and finally head off the coast to Hashima Island.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagasaki when traveling from Kanazawa in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagao Castle Park
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himeji online travel planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, & more), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Kuchu Teien Observatory (in Kita). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jindoji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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