22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Chennai
Fly + Train:  11 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h 30 min
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  3 h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Chennai

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker.

Chennai, India to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Tokyo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Tokyo Disneyland, Lake Kawaguchi, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then stop by Sanmachi Suji, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama travel planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

5
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.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and stop by Dotombori.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online attractions planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
You've now added Teshima Art Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, and then admire the striking features of Naoshima port terminal. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ando Museum, admire the striking features of Naoshima Hall, and then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho road trip app.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums

Side Trip

Teshima Art Museum
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha

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 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Takeshita Street, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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