22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
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
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samukawa Shrine and Izusan Jinja Shrine. Hozomon and Higo-Hosokawa Garden will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Marquis Maeda Old Western Style House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karasumori Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Juan to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is much colder than San Juan - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Izusan Jinja Shrine, Ibaraki Nature Museum, Samukawa Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa 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.
Hase-dera Temple and Jojakkoji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Omiwa Shrine and Daikaku-ji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai), Miho Museum (in Koka) and Otsu (Ishiyamadera Temple & Aqua Biwa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Honen-in, and make a trip to Yasakanoto.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. 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

Otsu, Sakurai, Miho Museum, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Daikaku-ji ©
Daikaku-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Paddle Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkoinari Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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
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 Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Southeast Botanical Gardens, get outside with Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park, and get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Okinawa City travel website .

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

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uruma, Kadena-cho, 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.
You'll explore and learn at Arte Piazza Bibai and Kutchan Natural History Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Niseko Village Pure (in Niseko-cho) and Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, get outside with Maruyama Genshirin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Sapporo. In January, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Tomioka Catholic Church, Arte Piazza Bibai, Kutchan Natural History Museum
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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 ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and then stroll the grounds of Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Sapporo, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 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
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien

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