20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Tokyo
— 1 night
bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online vacation planner .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To see photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Nagoya sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

5
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.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in July, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). You will leave for Osaka on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

1
day
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nara holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka
To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planning website .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

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