22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 1 day
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
3
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Ferry to Hiroshima Port(Ujina), Train to Kagoshima
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train
5
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
8
Gifu
— 1 night
Train
9
Niigata
— 1 night
Unknown
10
Fukushima
— 1 night
Drive
11
Yamagata
— 1 night
Bus to Sendai(Miyagi/Jr), Train to Aomori
12
Aomori
— 1 night
Train
13
Sapporo
— 1 night
Train
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Wakkanai
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday builder.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Tokyo is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Perth in October, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nagoya to Matsuyama by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll set off for Kagoshima on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Kagoshima

— 1 night

Naples of the East

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): go for a walk through Ohori Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Gifu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Gifu

— 1 night
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll around Gifu Park, step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kasamatsucho Rekishi Miraikan.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gifu tour itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Gifu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Gifu hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Niigata.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Niigata

— 1 night
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the views from Bandai Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Niigata trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Gifu to Niigata by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Niigata are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Niigata

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Fukushima

— 1 night
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, then explore and take pictures at Bandai-Azuma Skyline, and then contemplate the long history of Old Horikiri House.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fukushima online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Fukushima takes 3 hours. Traveling from Niigata in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Fukushima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the striking features of Bunshokan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yamagata vacation builder.

Drive from Fukushima to Yamagata in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, and then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Yamagata to Aomori in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in October; daily highs in Aomori reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Sapporo

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

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.
On the 31st (Mon), ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip planning site.

You can fly from Aomori to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Wakkanai

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wakkanai driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sendai.
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sendai Station, explore the galleries of Zuihoden, and then step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sendai tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Wakkanai to Sendai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Sendai is a bit warmer than Wakkanai - with highs of 13°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

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.