22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hikone
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Naruto
— 1 day
Train
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Okayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 day
Train
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Okayama
— 1 night
Train
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Onomichi
— 1 day
Train
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Okayama
— 1 night
Train
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Matsue
— 2 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagato
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamaguchi
— 1 day
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Beppu
— 1 day
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Philosopher's Walk, Koun-an Temple, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Geneva to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Geneva in April: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hikone.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Hikone

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 Genkyuen Garden, Yumekyobashi Castel Road and Ii Naomasa Statue. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ii Naomasa Statue, then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Genkyuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Yumekyobashi Castel Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hikone attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hikone takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hikone, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tofuku-ji Temple as well as Pontocho District. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Pontocho District.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hikone to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hikone in April, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle, Nishigawa Canal Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then walk around Nishigawa Canal Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saijo Inari, step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle, make a trip to Kinojo Iwaya, step into the grandiose world of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, then steep yourself in history at Fukiya Furusato Village, and finally make a trip to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Okayama road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Naruto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Naruto

— 1 day
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): snap pictures at Konaruto Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Naruto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Naruto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Okayama in April since evenings lows in Naruto dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

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

Okayama

— 1 night
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip website.

Traveling by train from Naruto to Okayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in April, Okayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. On the 18th (Wed), you're off 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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu online journey planner.

Getting from Okayama to Takamatsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Okayama

— 1 night
For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Okayama in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to Onomichi.

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 Jyodo Shrine, Saikokuji Temple, Mt. Shirataki, and other attractions. 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, then snap pictures at Shinonomichio Bridge, and finally make a trip to Neko no Hosomichi.

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Getting from Okayama to Onomichi by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Onomichi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Onomichi

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

Okayama

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Okayama trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Onomichi to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Matsue on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Okayama

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

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.
You've added Shiomi Nawate Street, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Izumo Taisha Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the galleries of Adachi Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, then stroll around Matsue Jozan Park, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Yuushien Garden, then see the interesting displays at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, and finally make a trip to Shiomi Nawate Street.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsue holiday builder site.

Getting from Okayama to Matsue by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Matsue sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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 Canal City Hakata, Fukuoka Tower and Nanzoin. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): watch a film at Canal City Hakata, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and then stroll around Kego Park. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then stop by Nishijin Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka road trip planning app.

Take a train from Matsue to Fukuoka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Nagato.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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): don't miss a visit to Higashi Ushirobata Tanada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Motonosumi Shrine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Omijima Nature Path.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagato road trip site.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagato takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nagato, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
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Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

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You can drive from Nagato to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Nagato, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Fukuoka, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. You'll set off for Yamaguchi on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Fukuoka

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

Yamaguchi

— 1 day

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, Kozan Park, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and other attractions. On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Yamaguchi Museum, admire the natural beauty 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 Prefecture Government Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Yamaguchi takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Fukuoka in April, plan for slightly colder days in Yamaguchi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka travel planning app.

Getting from Yamaguchi to Fukuoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. 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. You will leave for Beppu on the 26th (Thu).

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): don't miss a visit to Beppu Park, take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Beppu by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fukuoka in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Beppu: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

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

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 27th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Kagoshima City Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, go for a walk through Sengan-en, steep yourself in history at Tsurumaru Castle Ruins, then get engrossed in the history at Reimeikan, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kotsukigawa Green Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, then appreciate the history behind Okubo Toshimichi Statue, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kinko Bay, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Yamakataya Kagoshima.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. April in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market as well as Nanba Grand Kagetsu. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then see a show at Nanba Grand Kagetsu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka visit planner.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Nightlife
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.