22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kamakura
— 1 night
3
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
4
Nikko
— 1 night
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
8
Nara
— 2 nights
9
Koya-cho
— 1 night
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
11
Himeji
— 1 night
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker tool.

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kamakura journey planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagoe Excavation
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
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Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 12th (Fri), make a trip to Previously Tanaka Family House, boost your wellbeing at Ryusenji no Yu Soka Yatsuka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokonoe Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanasato Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hozo-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi trip planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Kawaguchi in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in November: highs in Kawaguchi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Ryusenji no Yu Soka Yatsuka
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
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Kokonoe Shrine ©
Kokonoe Shrine
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Kawaguchi to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Kawaguchi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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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 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Wada House, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Nikko to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Takayama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

Find out how to plan Kanazawa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Seisonkaku Villa ©
Seisonkaku Villa

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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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, then appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Jindoji Temple, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Iwakura Valley
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stop by Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then catch all the local highlights with Photoguider-Japan.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka attractions planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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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 27th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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