22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally get outside with Kimono Me.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites 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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura trip maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train 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 maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 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 Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Byodoin.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Byodoin
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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), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kansei Gakuin University Museum, and finally examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then take a stroll through Dotombori.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 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

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

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.
On the 28th (Thu), cruise along Ikuchi Bridge, explore the world behind art at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, then take in the views from Innoshima Bridge, and finally walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onomichi trip itinerary site.

Getting from Osaka to Onomichi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for little chillier days in Onomichi, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive
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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 ©
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka route builder app.

You can take a train from Onomichi to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Onomichi in November, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
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 photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Toyama day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Toyama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Toyama, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. You'll set off for Omachi on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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. On the 30th (Sat), get outside with Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Omachi online trip builder.

Getting from Toyama to Omachi by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Omachi can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Omachi

Fun & Games Outdoors Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, go for a walk through 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. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and then go for a walk through Kuon-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel planner.

You can drive from Omachi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Omachi in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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 next day: hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish 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 ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 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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