22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  18 h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Nanto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Charlotte

6
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 Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, stroll around Ueno Park, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

Charlotte, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Charlotte to Tokyo. When traveling from Charlotte in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You've now added Chureito Pagoda to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, and finally look for gifts at Kamikochi Souvenir Shop.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nanto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Daio Wasabi Farm, Chureito Pagoda, Hotaka Mountain Range
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond

2
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Gokayama has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, wander the streets of Gokayama, examine the collection at Enshono Yakata, then get to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, then contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ainokura Observatory. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, contemplate the long history of Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nanto trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Matsumoto to Nanto in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

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 13th (Sat), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, walk around Meriken Park, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nanto to Himeji in 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, make a trip to Wilson Stump, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Himeji to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): meet the residents at Kagoshima City Aquarium, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Karasu Island Observatory, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then make a trip to Tenmonkan, then appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. June in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Onsen Resorts

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