22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and visit Akihabara.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey site .

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Tokyo. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, then make a trip to Zuihoden, then make a trip to Sendai Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Sendai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, then contemplate the long history of Godaido, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sendai, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay

1
night
Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Hasshoku Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabushima Shrine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tanesashi Coast.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hachinohe travel planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Hachinohe in 4 hours. Traveling from Sendai in July, Hachinohe is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Hasshoku Center ©
Hasshoku Center
Tanesashi Coast ©
Tanesashi Coast
Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Shinoridate Remains, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate day trip app .

You can drive from Hachinohe to Hakodate in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Otaru Canal and then stroll around Odori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo vacation website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sapporo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeji route site .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Himeji takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, Himeji is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 33°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokushima trip planner.

Drive from Hiroshima to Tokushima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Hiroshima in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokushima: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Naruto
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Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

few
hours
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online journey builder .

You can drive from Tokushima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Tokushima in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online route builder .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 27th (Mon), take a stroll through Ginza, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation maker site .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ginza ©
Ginza

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