22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Fly
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Himeji — 1 night

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 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Himeji is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Himeji. In May, Himeji is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 6 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Kanazawa hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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