22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
9
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

5
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 Kamogawa Sea World and The Railway Museum. Kids will enjoy KidZania Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tama Zoological Park in Hino, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, and wander the streets of Ueno.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamogawa Sea World, Tama Zoological Park, Tokyo Disneyland, The Railway Museum
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Hakoneen Aquarium, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally stroll around Onshi Hakone Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakoneen Aquarium ©
Hakoneen Aquarium

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine and then see the interesting displays at Subway Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
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Subway Museum ©
Subway Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): snap pictures at Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge) and then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Tobu World Square and then get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Tobu World Square ©
Tobu World Square

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the activities along Ushibuse River French style Stair Stepped, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, and finally stroll around Matsumoto Alps Park. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Giminzuka, take in the views from Myojin Bridge, then get outside with Karasawa Carl, and finally take an in-depth tour of Azusagawa Akademia Hall.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Nikko in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Myojin Bridge ©
Myojin Bridge
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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.
On the 8th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shokawa-Zakura, admire the sheer force of Amidaga Falls, then make a trip to Nagataki Hakusan Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, stop by Hida Bussankan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls, and finally get your bearings at Takayama City Hall.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gujo, Osakacho Waterfalls
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Amidaga Falls ©
Amidaga Falls
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
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 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanazawa Catholic Church and then explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally look for gifts at Sakuda Honten.

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

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Park ©
Kanazawa Castle Park

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Moku Moku Farm. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Biwa Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Lake Biwa Museum, Moku Moku Farm
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Lake Biwa Museum ©
Lake Biwa Museum
Moku Moku Farm ©
Moku Moku Farm

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hirakata Park
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Hirakata Park ©
Hirakata Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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