22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Yuzawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Chino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Manchester

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 9th (Thu), get outside with Kagura Ski Resort, make a trip to Gangidori, fly down the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, then get outside with Masu domari, then get outside with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato, and finally get outside with Mt.Tairatsupyo.

Plan trip to Yuzawa-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mt.Tairatsupyo
Highlights from your plan
Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort
Gangidori ©
Gangidori

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, get outside with Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Yuzawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 11th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, trek along Kitaone Kogen Highland, then take in the awesome beauty at Nakayama Kogen, and finally head outdoors with Mt.Takagari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ushikata Inn, head outdoors with Hakubaoike, look for all kinds of wild species at Daikanbo, then trek along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount. Tsurugi.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Otari-mura, Omachi, Mount. Tsurugi
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Matsumoto Alps Park, then make a trip to Tashiro Shitsugen, and finally take a peaceful walk through Larch Forests In Kamikochi area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Utsukushigahara Highlands, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato, then head outdoors with Mt. KItahodaka, then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chino.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hotaka Mountain Range, Utsukushigahara Highlands
Highlights from your plan
Utsukushigahara Highlands ©
Utsukushigahara Highlands
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka

2
nights
Chino

Chino ©
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Shirakoma, take a peaceful walk through Yachiho Highland Natural Garden, explore the striking landscape at Yashimagahara Marsh, then identify plant and animal life at Kirigamine Marshland, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maihime Breweries. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Tateshina Otaki Fall, go for a walk through Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park, then stroll through Kita Yatsuga-take, and finally stroll around Takato Castle Remains Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chino trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Chino takes an hour. In April in Chino, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Chino

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sakuho-machi, Suwa, Takato Castle Remains Park, Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park, Kita Yatsuga-take
Highlights from your plan
Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takayama itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chino to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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 19th (Sun): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip tool.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 23rd (Thu), shop like a local with Dotombori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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