22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kamakura
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Onomichi
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Toyama
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Omachi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
13
Tokyo
— 3 nights
fly:  16​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally stop by Kimono Me.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in November, with highs in Tokyo at 62°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Kamakura hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour builder .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. On the 21st (Thu), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then examine the collection at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Byodoin.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Byodoin, Kurozuka Kofun Museum
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
On the 26th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kansei Gakuin University Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip site .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onomichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Kansei Gakuin University Museum
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the views from Ikuchi Bridge, explore the world behind art at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, then snap pictures at Innoshima Bridge, and finally walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Onomichi trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Onomichi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Onomichi: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple
Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art ©
Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Onomichi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©

few
hours
Toyama

Toyama
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Toyama road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Toyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Omachi.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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few
hours
Omachi

Omachi
Ōmachi is a city located in northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 27,587 and a population density of 48.8 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): have fun at Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa.

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Drive from Toyama to Omachi in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Omachi can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Omachi

Fun & Games Outdoors Trails
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2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and then make a trip to Kuon-ji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

Getting from Omachi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Omachi in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kuon-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): head outdoors with Hakone Stone‐paved Road, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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