22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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 a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. Do your shopping at Asakusa and Diver City Tokyo Plaza. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and stroll around Ueno Park.

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Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wada House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Amanatto Kawamura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and then kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

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Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:

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 26th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then stop by Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

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Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Koya and Kongobu-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Yoshino-cho (Yoshino Mikumari Shrine & Mt. Yoshino).

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho day trip site.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

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.