22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Washington Dulles

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stroll around Kabira Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are much hotter (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

2
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

5
nights
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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip tool.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

2
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Dolls Museum, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, 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 Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.