22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Tokyo is 15 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Tokyo at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, take in the views from Oshino Omiya Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shakushi, and finally stroll around Suwanomori Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland and then take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Oshino Omiya Bridge, Ryugatake, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time 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
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, thenstroll around Nagao Castle Park, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, and finally head off the coast to Hashima Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nagasaki, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, thenexplore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip app.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °F, while nighttime lows are °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
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

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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