22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
3
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
9
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive
10
Shiojiri
Drive
11
Kiso-mura
— 1 night
Drive
12
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shibuya Crossing, Ueno District, Mokuhankan, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Mokuhankan, then take a stroll through Yanaka District, and then wander the streets of Ueno District.

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Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Detroit - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Nikko

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hongu Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nikko itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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 24th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, then take an in-depth tour of Azusagawa Akademia Hall, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally make a trip to Fukashi Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, make a trip to Sanada House, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro Literary and Military School, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, then see the interesting displays at Mugonkan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zensanji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in October since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Visit Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ainokura Gassho Community and D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Shima, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Encho-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 28th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, then get great views at Mt. Kurama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
You've now added Koyasan Okunoin to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ruins of Akagi Castle, appreciate the views at Doro River Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateriko Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Fujiyoshida

— 1 night
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, engage your brain at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, make a trip to Jiun-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, then stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Fujisan Museum, explore and take pictures at Fujinomiya Route, don't miss a visit to Arayayama Shrine, then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, and finally contemplate the long history of Oshi Residence (Former Togawa Residence).

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Fujiyoshida in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Koya-cho in November, plan for little chillier days in Fujiyoshida, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Tokyo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Union Church and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Karuizawa-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 54°F and 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Shiojiri.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Shiojiri

Shiojiri is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 66,801 and a population density of 230 persons per km². Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Naraijuku and then get your bearings at Michi-no-Eki Narai Kiso No Ohashi.

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Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Shiojiri takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kiso-mura.

Things to do in Shiojiri

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Kiso-mura

— 1 night
For ratings and tourist information, go to the Kiso-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shiojiri to Kiso-mura takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Kiso-mura

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Nagiso-machi

— 2 nights
You've now added Tsumago Tourism Association Tourist Information Center to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the striking features of Former Kimura Residence and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwamura Historical Town.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kiso-mura to Nagiso-machi takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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.