22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and walk around Yoyogi Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planning app.

Gaborone, Botswana to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Gaborone to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gaborone in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Nara

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hase-dera Temple in Sakurai (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:

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Tokyo

Enjoy Tokyo some more: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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