20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Narita
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 20th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, stroll around Naritasan Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1, and finally stroll around Sakura no yama Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tsukuba, don't miss a visit to Gama Rock, and then admire the natural beauty at Kairakuen Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Narita trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Narita, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tsukuba, Kairakuen Park, Kashima Jingū Shrine
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Naritasan Park ©
Naritasan Park
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip tool .

Getting from Narita to Osaka by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara Park, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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