22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Nara
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Hirakata
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 29th (Fri): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 30th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Nara

— 2 nights

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 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kasuga Taisha Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Kyoto

— 4 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, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hirakata.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Hirakata

— 3 nights
Hirakata is a city in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Take a break from Hirakata with a short trip to Byodoin in Uji, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, contemplate the long history of Sada Shrine, and examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hirakata trip app.

Drive from Kyoto to Hirakata in an hour. November in Hirakata sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Hirakata

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ishoan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then stop by Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hirakata to Kobe takes an hour. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

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.