22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Yuzawa-machi
— 1 night
9
Semboku
— 1 night
10
Zao-machi
— 2 nights
11
Sendai
— 2 nights
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more), Nara Park (in Nara) and Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Osaka at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nishinomiya, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and walk around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

1
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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.
To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

2
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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts and then browse the different shops at MIDORI Nagano. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Zenko-ji Post Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Nagano reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
Highlights from your plan
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts

1
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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get all the equipment you need at Street Kart Shibuya, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
On the 15th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Fujiyoshida are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

1
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Tokyo

Tokyo
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. You'll set off for Yuzawa-machi on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

1
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Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hit the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, then fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, and finally don't miss a visit to Ponshukan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yuzawa-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Naspa Ski Garden ©
Naspa Ski Garden
Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort

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Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, get outside with Tazawako Ski Resort, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nyuto Onsenkyo, and finally get great views at Katakuragaku Tenbodai.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Semboku trip planner.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Semboku by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Tazawako Ski Resort ©
Tazawako Ski Resort
Samurai District ©
Samurai District

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Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
On the 20th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, fly down the slopes at Sumikawa Snow Park, take in panoramic vistas at Takimidai Lookout, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, then relax in the rural setting at Zao Dairy Farm, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Togatta Onsen.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zao-machi travel route builder site.

Drive from Semboku to Zao-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Semboku in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zao-machi: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sendai.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trip

Shiroishi
Highlights from your plan
Miyagi Zao Fox Village ©
Miyagi Zao Fox Village
Sumikawa Snow Park ©
Sumikawa Snow Park
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, then get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and finally make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Godaido, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, then wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai route planner.

Getting from Zao-machi to Sendai by car takes about an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zao-machi in January since evenings lows in Sendai dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Osaki Hachiman Shrine ©
Osaki Hachiman Shrine

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ginza, visit Odaiba District, and then admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey builder.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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