22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Toyooka
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 day
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

8
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Visit Kōtoku-in and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Yokohama, Lake Kawaguchi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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 Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto route planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 13th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Toyooka to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Teshima Art Museum and Benesse House Museum. Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu) and Hachiman Shrine will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at 007 Museum, make a trip to Naoshima Pavillion, and admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Naoshima-cho online trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Toyooka to Naoshima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Teshima Art Museum, Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu)
Highlights from your plan
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take a stroll through Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and then examine the collection at Namban Culture Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The World Money Box Museum, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, stroll around Nara Park, make a trip to Nara National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Sensō-ji and Asakusa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Yokohama Chinatown in Naka--about 50 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planning app .

You can take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza

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