20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 7 nights
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku Golden Gai, Omotesando, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Omotesando, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and finally don't miss a visit to Omoide Yokocho.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip website .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), Nara Park, Ebisuya, Kyoto Higashiyama, and other attractions you added. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 Okonomimura, Hondori Shopping Street, Gojuno To, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally make a trip to Okonomimura. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hondori Shopping Street.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Hondori Shopping Street
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle, Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Step out of Osaka to go to Himeji and see Himeji Castle, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji Castle
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omoide Yokocho, Nikko Tosho-gu, Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, and other attractions you added. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). See even more of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

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

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko Tosho-gu, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 5:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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