22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens, Yokohama Chinatown, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Asakusa, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Edinburgh, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Gion, and take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Osaka — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nara.
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Nara — 1 day

Ancient City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.
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Osaka — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 7 nights

Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 8th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Wed).
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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.
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