22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  18 h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Nanto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Charlotte

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Charlotte, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Charlotte to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You've now added Chureito Pagoda to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, thenexplore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, and finally look for gifts at Kamikochi Souvenir Shop.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nanto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chureito Pagoda, Daio Wasabi Farm, Hotaka Mountain Range
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Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

2
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Gokayama has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, wander the streets of Gokayama, examine the collection at Enshono Yakata, thenget to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, thencontemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ainokura Observatory. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, contemplate the long history of Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thentake in the views from Deai Bridge, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nanto trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Matsumoto to Nanto in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, thenstroll around Meriken Park, thensee the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip planning site.

You can drive from Nanto to Himeji in 5.5 hours. June in Himeji sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Miyanouradake, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho day trip planning site.

Getting from Himeji to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): meet the residents at Kagoshima City Aquarium, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Karasu Island Observatory, thenget impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, thenmake a trip to Tenmonkan, thenappreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. June in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Onsen Resorts

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