22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + Train:  20 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
4
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ibaraki Nature Museum and Fire Museum. Hozomon and Gempeigawa River are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higo-Hosokawa Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and walk around Kodokan Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 21- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Traveling from San Juan to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gempeigawa River, Kodokan Park, Samukawa Shrine, Hakone Museum of Art, Izusan Jinja Shrine
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan and Miho Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Tanzan Shrine) and Otsu (Ishiyamadera Temple & Aqua Biwa). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, and don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Otsu, Miho Museum, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Paddle Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkoinari Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paddle Park
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Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum ©
Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum
Kinkoinari Shrine ©
Kinkoinari Shrine

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Get some historical perspective at Shirumichu and Heshikiya Sugar Mill Ruins. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, and get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hiroshima to Okinawa City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kadena-cho, Uruma, Sakima Art Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sakima Art Museum ©
Sakima Art Museum
Shirumichu ©
Shirumichu

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Popular historic sites such as Tomioka Catholic Church and Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Visiting Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Maruyama Genshirin will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Niseko Village Pure (in Niseko-cho), Kutchan Natural History Museum (in Kutchan-cho) and Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, get curious at Sapporo Science Center, see the interesting displays at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, and steep yourself in history at Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Sapporo. In January, daytime highs in Sapporo are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Tomioka Catholic Church, Kutchan Natural History Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and then contemplate the long history of Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery ©
Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien

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