22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Tsukuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mito
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Kamakura
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Odawara
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
7
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Ibaraki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Iga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Dallas

1
night
Tsukuba

Tsukuba ©
Situated just north of the country's capital, Tsukuba holds an established reputation as a thriving center for science research and education, earning the title "Japan's Science City." Originally planned in the 1960s as a spillover city of Tokyo and leading center for science, today Tsukuba attracts budding scientists from across the globe, all keen to see its innovative space centers, expos, and museums.
To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tsukuba online trip itinerary planner .

Dallas, USA to Tsukuba is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Dallas to Tsukuba, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tsukuba: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mito.

Things to do in Tsukuba

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hojuin Temple Kannon Building, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

1
night
Mito

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy some diversion at Hitachi Seaside Park, steep yourself in history at Hakkedo, get lost in a book at Sagawa Library, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kairakuen Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mito travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tsukuba to Mito takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tsukuba in April, expect little chillier with lows of 44°F in Mito. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Mito

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hitachi Seaside Park
Highlights from your plan
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Kairakuen Park
Kairakuen Park
Semba Boadwalk ©
Semba Boadwalk

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Mito to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Mito in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Yokohama Chinatown, see the interesting displays at Yokohama Silk Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yamashita Park, then wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21, and finally explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sojiji, then take in the waterfront at Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, then make a trip to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner .

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. April in Yokohama sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sojiji
Highlights from your plan
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Sojiji ©
Sojiji

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then stop by Kotonoichi Kamakura, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura online route planner .

Kamakura is very close to Yokohama. When traveling from Yokohama in April, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Odawara.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Odawara

Odawara ©
Flanked on two sides by the Hakone Mountains, Odawara serves as a popular base for visits to the nearby Hakone hot springs, although the city boasts its own hot spring, as well as a scenic coastal area known for its clear, unspoiled waters.
On the 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odawara Wanpaku Land, contemplate the long history of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), take in nature's colorful creations at Odawara Kokian, then contemplate the long history of Odawara Castle, and finally look for gifts at Himono Yamayasu, Odawara-ekimae.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Odawara trip planning website .

Getting from Kamakura to Odawara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April in Odawara, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Odawara

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)
Highlights from your plan
Odawara Wanpaku Land ©
Odawara Wanpaku Land
Odawara Castle ©
Odawara Castle
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) ©
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, get curious at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MRJ MUSEUM, steep yourself in history at Inuyama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip planner .

You can take a train from Odawara to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Odawara, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiyoshi Shrine, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MRJ MUSEUM, Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online visit planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ibaraki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Ibaraki

Ibaraki
Ibaraki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Former Nishio Family House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daimon-ji Temple, then head outdoors with Takatsuki Forest Center, then delve into the distant past at Imashirozuka Ancient Tomb, and finally take an in-depth tour of Imashirotsuka Ancient Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ibaraki day trip app .

Drive from Kyoto to Ibaraki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Ibaraki

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Takatsuki, The Former Nishio Family House
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
Nara is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ibaraki to Nara takes an hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Ibaraki in April, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iga.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Iga

Iga ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Moku Moku Farm, then appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park.

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Getting from Nara to Iga by car takes about an hour. In April in Iga, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iga

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Moku Moku Farm ©
Moku Moku Farm

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