22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
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Yoshino-cho
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Kyoto
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Hikone
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Kyoto
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Okayama
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Naruto
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Okayama
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Takamatsu
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Okayama
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Onomichi
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Okayama
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Matsue
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Fukuoka
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Nagato
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Fukuoka
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Yamaguchi
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Fukuoka
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Beppu
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Fukuoka
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Kagoshima
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Kyoto

— 1 night
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 day by day itinerary now includes Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Nishiki Market Shopping District and Heian Shrine. On the 10th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

Plan a Kyoto trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Geneva, Switzerland to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour travel. You can also fly. Traveling from Geneva to Kyoto, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Geneva in April: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. You'll set off for Yoshino-cho on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Yoshino-cho

Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinpusenji Temple. On the 11th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino and then don't miss a visit to Kinpusenji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yoshino-cho road trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Yoshino-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Yoshino-cho dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yoshino-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 2 nights
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ryoanji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, Kamigamo Shrine, and other attractions.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Yoshino-cho to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yoshino-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikone.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Hikone

— 1 day
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chikubushima. On the 13th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Chikubushima, get to know the fascinating history of Kurokabe Square, then step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryotanji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hikone day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hikone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Hikone hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
You've added Pontocho District, Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner.

Getting from Hikone to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hikone in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. You will leave for Okayama on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've added Nishigawa Canal Park, Okayama Castle, Okayama Korakuen Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally stroll around Nishigawa Canal Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari, explore the historical opulence of Kinojo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kinojo Iwaya, then don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Momotarou-no-Karakuri-Hakubutsukan.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Okayama online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll set off for Naruto on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Naruto

Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the views from Konaruto Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then explore the activities along Naruto Strait.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Naruto day trip website.

Getting from Okayama to Naruto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Okayama in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

Okayama

— 1 night
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama travel route planner.

You can take a train from Naruto to Okayama in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naruto in April since evenings lows in Okayama dip to 9°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

Takamatsu

— 1 day

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shikoku Mura Village as well as Naoshima. On the 18th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by journey from Okayama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Okayama

— 1 night
To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama day trip site.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Okayama in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You will leave for Onomichi on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Onomichi

— 1 day
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kosanji Temple, Mt. Shirataki, Neko no Hosomichi, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jyodo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirataki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, then take in the views from Shinonomichio Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Neko no Hosomichi.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Onomichi trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Okayama to Onomichi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

Okayama

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip builder.

You can take a train from Onomichi to Okayama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Matsue Jozan Park, Adachi Museum of Art, Kamosu Shrine, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and then walk around Matsue Jozan Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden, examine the collection at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, and finally make a trip to Shiomi Nawate Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Matsue planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Matsue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Matsue, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fukuoka Tower, Canal City Hakata and Nanzoin. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and then catch a movie at Canal City Hakata. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, then step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Nanzoin.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Matsue to Fukuoka by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Nagato.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Nagato

Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motonosumi Shrine and then make a trip to Higashi Ushirobata Tanada.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagato trip maker website.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagato by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fukuoka in April: highs in Nagato hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Nagato to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nagato in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fukuoka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:

Yamaguchi

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
You've added Rurikoji Temple, Kozan Park, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, make a trip to Kozan Park, then make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamaguchi Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yamaguchi sightseeing planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Yamaguchi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yamaguchi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Yamaguchi to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Yamaguchi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fukuoka: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Beppu

— 1 day
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Beppu Tower, Beppu Park and Kamado Jigoku. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll around Beppu Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Beppu planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Beppu: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip planning website.

Getting from Beppu to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Kagoshima on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kagoshima City Museum of Art as well as Reimeikan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, take an in-depth tour of Reimeikan, then contemplate the long history of Tsurumaru Castle Ruins, then explore the world behind art at Kagoshima City Museum of Art, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Yamakataya Kagoshima. On the next day, get outside with Iso Beach, appreciate the history behind Takamori Saigo Birthplace Monument, then buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, then get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Kuromon Market to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip tool.

Getting from Kagoshima to Osaka by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.