22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  19 h
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Rome

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner .

Rome, Italy to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Kanazawa. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Narukawa Art Museum, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, enjoy breathtaking views from Nakanokura Pass Observation Point, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Spas Theme Parks Baths

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Nakanokura Pass Observation Point
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, head outdoors with Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho) and Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Yabu, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Aotama Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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