22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
6
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Budapest to Tokyo. Traveling from Budapest in May, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto online trip builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

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.