23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly

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4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Disney Park / Activity
Tokyo Disneyland
4.3

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

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 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, then tee off at Karuizawa 72Golf North Course, and finally stroll around Yukawa Furusato Park.

Make your Karuizawa-machi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Karuizawa-machi to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors
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Kumoba Pond ©
Water Body
Kumoba Pond
4.2
Shiraito Falls ©
Waterfall
Shiraito Falls
3.8
Seizan Golf Course ©
Golf Course
Seizan Golf Course
4.6

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally take a memorable drive along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive
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Shigakogen Plateau ©
Outdoor Activity
Shigakogen Plateau
4.7

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, then head outdoors with Kitaone Kogen Highland, then admire the verdant scenery at Nakayama Kogen, and finally head outdoors with Mt.Takagari. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ushikata Inn, head outdoors with Hakubaoike, then identify plant and animal life at Daikanbo, then hike along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi.

Discover how to plan a Hakuba-mura trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mountain
Mount. Tsurugi
4.9

2
nights
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 13th (Mon), examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally explore the galleries of Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip website.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Takayama Jinya ©
Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya
4.1

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 15th (Wed), admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa journey site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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Kenrokuen Garden
Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
4.5

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, wander the streets of Gion, and get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Todai-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Koko-en. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Unitopia Sasayama (in Tanba Sasayama). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5

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