22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka

— 4 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.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Joju-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Dotombori District, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and soak in some Japanese tradition at SpaWorld.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Kyoto

— 6 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Yagyu Kaido & Todai-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, you will find days in Kamakura are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 23:

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.