22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 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.
Head to Ginza and Oriental Bazaar Harajuku Main Branchfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Momiji Tunnel & Lake Kawaguchi). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Traveling from Singapore in March, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kobe

— 4 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Rokko and Shin-Kobe Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Kobe Harborland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Tokushima (Zuiganji Temple, Awa Odori Hall, &more) and Himeji (Shoshazan Ropeway, Koko-en, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kobe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Get outdoors at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya and Yodoryokuchi Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo and NaraKimono Rental Fuji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Byodoin (in Uji) and Ise (Yamato-hime Shrine, Jingu Chokokan Museum, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at The Museum Yamato Bunkakan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Koya and Hirohashibairin. Dotombori District and Minami (Namba) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.