22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h 30​min
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chennai

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

Chennai, India to Tokyo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chennai to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Chennai in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kōtoku-in, Tokyo Disneyland, Lake Kawaguchi
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
night
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 17th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

Start your trip to Takayama by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Arashiyama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday app .

Traveling by combination of car and train from Shirakawa-mura to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

5
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.
You've now added Todaiji Temple Cultural Center to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Teshima Art Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Akakabocha, then explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima port terminal. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ando Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, and then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums

Side Trip

Teshima Art Museum
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Naoshima Hall ©
Naoshima Hall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and then steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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