22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

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
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
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Grand Front Osaka, Pokemon Center Osaka, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, make a trip to Umeda Sky Building, then don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, then stop by Pokemon Center Osaka, and finally browse the different shops at Grand Front Osaka.

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

Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

Plan my day in Himeji using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the train ride 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.
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

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. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. 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. On the 23rd (Wed), head off the coast to Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi road trip planning tool .

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji, Sagano Romantic Train, Arashiyama, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, then steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yokohama Chinatown. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama and then take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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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 maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums
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Highlights from your plan
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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. 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), take a stroll through Gokayama.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nanto attractions site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nanto takes an hour. October in Nanto sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura road trip planning website .

You can drive from Nanto to Shirakawa-mura in an hour. October in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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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 maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Takayama online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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nights
Tokyo

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

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. 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: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chiba.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Theme Parks 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 other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chiba trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Chiba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Chiba can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chiba

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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