22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kawasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Hokuto
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Shimonoseki
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
9
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
10
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
12
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Kawasaki

Kawasaki ©
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, buy something for everyone on your list at La Cittadella, then stop by Yokohama Chinatown, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sojiji.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kawasaki journey planning tool.

Kawasaki is just a short distance from Tokyo. In November in Kawasaki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sojiji, Yokohama Chinatown
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Sojiji ©
Sojiji
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza ©
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza

1
night
Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mizugaki, then look for gifts at Mudani, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hokuto trip planner.

You can drive from Kawasaki to Hokuto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kawasaki in November; daily highs in Hokuto reach 14°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hokuto

Nature Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
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Mt. Mizugaki ©
Mt. Mizugaki
Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen
Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen

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.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hokuto to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aratama Valley, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, then walk around Chubu Park, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya road trip app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

1
night
Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki ©
A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): visit Karato market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kaikyokan, then take in the views from Kanmon Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jokamachi Chofu.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shimonoseki trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Nagoya to Shimonoseki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Shimonoseki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan
Karato market ©
Karato market
Kanmon Bridge ©
Kanmon Bridge

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, stroll through Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Shimonoseki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 16th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Kobe Animal Kingdom, make a trip to Ishoan, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary builder.

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley, then experience rural life at Ishitera Tea Plantation, and finally contemplate the long history of Byodoin.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Iwakura Valley, Ishitera Tea Plantation, Byodoin
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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