22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Yuzawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Chino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's much more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planning website .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 9th (Thu), get outside with Kagura Ski Resort, make a trip to Gangidori, get outside with Iwappara Ski Resort, then get outside with Masu domari, then get outside with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato, and finally head outdoors with Mt.Tairatsupyo.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Yuzawa-machi trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Mt.Tairatsupyo
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Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort
Gangidori ©
Gangidori

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

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): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally head outdoors with Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Yamanouchi-machi fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Yuzawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, trek along Kitaone Kogen Highland, then take in the awesome beauty at Nakayama Kogen, and finally get outside with Mt.Takagari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ushikata Inn, head outdoors with Hakubaoike, go for a walk through Daikanbo, then get outside with Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Otari-mura, Omachi, Tateyama-machi, Mount. Tsurugi
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Mount. Tsurugi ©
Mount. Tsurugi

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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 13th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Matsumoto Alps Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, and finally take a peaceful walk through Larch Forests In Kamikochi area. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Utsukushigahara Highlands, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ogato, then head outdoors with Mt. KItahodaka, then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chino.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Utsukushigahara Highlands, Hotaka Mountain Range
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Utsukushigahara Highlands ©
Utsukushigahara Highlands
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka

2
nights
Chino

Chino ©
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Shirakoma, delve into the lush surroundings at Yachiho Highland Natural Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Yashimagahara Marsh, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kirigamine Marshland, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maihime Breweries. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tateshina Otaki Fall, then take in the pleasant sights at Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park, then trek along Kita Yatsuga-take, and finally walk around Takato Castle Remains Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chino holiday website .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Chino in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Chino are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Chino

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Suwa, Sakuho-machi, Kita Yatsuga-take, Takato Castle Remains Park, Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park
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Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chino to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route builder .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Baths
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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