22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dubai

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka), Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Tokyo. Traveling from Dubai in April, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Kuwana (Nabana no Sato & Ruins of Kuwana Castle(Kyuka Park)), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kuwana, Chubu Park, Inuyama Castle
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

5
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, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Mount Koyasan & Koyasan Okunoin) and Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, make a trip to Shinsaibashi, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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