22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Wakayama
— 2 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
7
Yokohama
— 2 nights
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, thenmake a trip to Shibuya Crossing, thenmake a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation tool.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, thensteep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, thendon't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, thenmake a trip to Neagarimatsu, and finally don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, stop by Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Porto Europe, thenhunt for treasures at Kuroshio Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kishu Toshogu Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakayama trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Wakayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Wakayama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Izumisano
Highlights from your plan
Kuroshio Market ©
Kuroshio Market
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple

3
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 30th (Wed), look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation maker site.

You can take a train from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wakayama in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 2nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take a stroll through Sakae, and then make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Nagoya Urban Institute, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagoya tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Sankeien Gardens and then take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yokohama road trip app.

You can do a combination of train and subway from Nagoya to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in January, expect nights in Yokohama to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Sky Garden ©
Sky Garden

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Have a day of magic on the 6th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, view the masterpieces at Wa Space, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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