22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  21 h 15 min
1
Ashikaga
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Yoshino-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Charlotte

4
nights
Ashikaga

Ashikaga ©
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Explore Ashikaga's surroundings by going to Furumine Jinja (in Kanuma), Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano) and Mikamoyama Park (in Tochigi). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tsukuba, take in nature's colorful creations at Ashikaga Flower Park, steep yourself in history at Banna-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Kurita Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ashikaga trip planning site.

Charlotte, USA to Ashikaga is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Charlotte to Ashikaga due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in August, plan for little chillier days in Ashikaga, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 77°F. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Ashikaga

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Tsukuba, Sano, Mikamoyama Park, Furumine Jinja
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Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Mount Tsukuba ©
Mount Tsukuba
Tsukubasan Shrine ©
Tsukubasan Shrine

4
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Drive from Ashikaga to Tokyo in 2 hours. When traveling from Ashikaga in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chichibu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Chichibu

Chichibu ©
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
Hitsujiyama Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mitsumine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Zuiryusan Hounji Temple - No. 30 Amulets Place, then visit Seibu Chichibu Nakamise Street, and finally stroll around Hitsujiyama Park. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hozenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hodosan Shrine, then take in the views from Chichibu Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chichibu Shrine.

Planning Chichibu trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tokyo to Chichibu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nagatoro-machi
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Chichibu Shrine ©
Chichibu Shrine
Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks ©
Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks
Hozenji Temple ©
Hozenji Temple

2
nights
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nagase house, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Myozenji Temple. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kanda house, snap pictures at Deai Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawago.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chichibu to Shirakawa-mura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Nachi Mitaki Falls has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nachikatsura-cho: Shingu (Kumano Hayatama Taisha & Kamikura Shrine) and Kushimoto-cho (Hashigui Rock, Shiono Cape Tourist Tower, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, walk around Nachi Highland Park, explore the activities along Nachi Forest, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho holiday app.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yoshino-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kushimoto-cho, Shingu, Taiji Whale Museum
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

2
nights
Yoshino-cho

Yoshino-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Yoshino. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tonanin, contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoshimizu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Ishibutai Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinbu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yoshino-cho driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Yoshino-cho in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yoshino-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ishibutai Tomb, Hase-dera Temple
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Yoshimizu Shrine ©
Yoshimizu Shrine
Ishibutai Tomb
Ishibutai Tomb
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jishu Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Yoshino-cho to Kyoto takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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