22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Leicester
+3
train + foot + subway + Fly:  28​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 11 nights
+3
Fly + subway + foot + train:  23​h 45​min
End: Leicester

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel planner .

Leicester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Leicester in July, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). You will leave for Koya-cho on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
day
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

6
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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Ninna-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Gion
Gion

11
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Edo-Tokyo Museum and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Visiting Tokyo Dome City and Todoroki Valley will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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