20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Tokyo
— 9 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Halifax

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

Halifax, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Halifax to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Sengaku-ji Temple, Nezu Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ninna-ji Temple, Kifune Shrine, Nijo Castle, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Tue), explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto University Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yakushi-ji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Minami (Namba), and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for gifts at Ichimonji Chuki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for gifts at Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Pokemon Center Osaka, then take a stroll through Nipponbashi Denden Town, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Motoyasu River, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Hiroshima Museum of Art, and other attractions you added. On the 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, then explore the activities along Motoyasu River, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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