22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  14 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Yokohama
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Nanto
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
10
Shirakawa-mura
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
13
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
14
Chiba
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Manchester

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Grand Front Osaka, Pokemon Center Osaka, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle and then take a stroll through Dotombori. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, then make a trip to Shinsekai, then stop by Pokemon Center Osaka, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Front Osaka.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool.

Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In October, Osaka is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online trip builder.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've now added Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
day
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Miyajima to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head off the coast to Miyajima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In October, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
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.
You've added Kinkaku-ji, Sagano Romantic Train, Arashiyama, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, then steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
You've now added Yokohama Chinatown to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama and then wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yokohama trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

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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.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping
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teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

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.
For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa travel site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nanto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nanto

Nanto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gokayama. On the 30th (Wed), visit Gokayama.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nanto online journey planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nanto by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Nanto are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nanto

Neighborhoods
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Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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hours
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura online tour builder.

Getting from Nanto to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Robot Restaurant as well as Street Kart Shinagawa #2.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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Street Kart Shinagawa #2 ©
Street Kart Shinagawa #2
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant

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nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Ropeway as well as The Hakone Open-Air Museum. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Chiba.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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Chiba

Chiba
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiba travel planning tool.

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Chiba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Chiba sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chiba

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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