22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 1 day
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 1 night
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Hachimantai
— 4 nights
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Shirakawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 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.
Let the collections at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Osaka Museum of History capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Osaka Castle. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka. In December, Osaka is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Motoyasu River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach, and finally stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Appreciate the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Moriyama to see Lake Biwa Bridge about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Gion, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, explore the activities along Lake Biwa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Lake Biwa, Lake Biwa Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Funasaka Shuzo Brewery ©
Funasaka Shuzo Brewery
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 19th (Wed), examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Shima, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park and then look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko route planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nikko by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©

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Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Get outdoors at Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area and Salad Farm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iwate Kodomono Mori and Ihatov Volcano Center. Explore Hachimantai's surroundings by going to Mt. Hayachine (in Hanamaki), Tono Municipal Museum (in Tono) and Jodogahama Beach (in Miyako).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hachimantai travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hachimantai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect Hachimantai to be a bit cooler, temps between 4°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Iwate Kodomono Mori, Mt. Hayachine, Tono Municipal Museum, Jodogahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area ©
Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area
Tono Municipal Museum ©
Tono Municipal Museum

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Hachimantai to Shirakawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. December in Shirakawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Tokyo Dome City. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba District and Asakusa. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Tachikawa to see Showa Kinen Park about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Shirakawa to Tokyo by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shirakawa in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Showa Kinen Park
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park

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