22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  6​h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 8 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peace Bell and Peace Flame. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the striking features of Peace Clock Tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip website .

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
nights
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 Himeji Castle.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Food Tours
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sengaku-ji Temple. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple
Hie Jinjya ©
Hie Jinjya

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takayama travel website .

Drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've now added Nomura Family Samurai House to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kanazawa Noh Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning site .

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. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Park ©
Kanazawa Castle Park
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimogamo Jinja and Kamigamo Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka ©
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©

1
day
Osaka

Osaka
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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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