22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Nikko
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Have a day of magic on the 17th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 18th (Thu), head off the coast to Miyajima, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka visit planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then stroll around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara tour itinerary app .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Railway Museum and Nowaki. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Omimaiko Beach in Otsu, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, admire the masterpieces at Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planner .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omimaiko Beach, Lake Biwa
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally wander the streets of Gokayama. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and then kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
On the 28th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hida Bussankan and then admire the sheer force of Osakacho Waterfalls.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Osakacho Waterfalls
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Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa takes 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takayama in July: highs in Shirakawa hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

1
night
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 31st (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then see the interesting displays at Oya Stone Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, stroll through Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, then admire the sheer force of Ryuka Waterfall, and finally snap pictures at Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip maker .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Nikko takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nasushiobara, Oya History Museum
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 2nd (Fri), wander the streets of Takeshita Street, then take a stroll through Asakusa, and then wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ueno ©
Ueno

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