22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly + Bus:  17 h 15 min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Paris

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Venture out of the city with trips to Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Fukuyama (Ota House, Tomo no Ura, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onaga Temmangu Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Paris, France to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Paris to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Fukuyama
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koko-en and Kobe Harborland. Himeji Castle and Kinojo Iwaya will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Soja (Kinojo Castle & Bicchukokubunji Temple), Ohashi House (in Kurashiki) and Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Ono Residence, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomoda Shrine, and examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji online sightseeing 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 April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kobe, Soja, Ohashi House
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Nanzen-ji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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 a sense of the local culture at Ainokura Gassho Community and Ninja Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Suganuma Gassho Community and Nomura Family Samurai House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Original Gashozukuri, Gokayama, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Minoyama Park (in Minano-machi), Terasaka Rice Terraces (in Yokoze-machi) and Katakurino Sato (in Nagatoro-machi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route maker.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Kamakura, Minoyama Park, Terasaka Rice Terraces, Chichibu Shrine
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
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Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

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