22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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 (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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 Bon Voyage in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks 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

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