20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Oita
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip website.

If you are flying in from Qatar, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shimotori Shotengai, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thenexplore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, thenget engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, thenmake a trip to Sl Hitoyoshi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Okoshiki Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Oita.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okoshiki Beach, Sl Hitoyoshi
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Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

1
night
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): browse the different shops at JR Oita City, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tetsudo Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oita, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Oita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Tetsudo Shrine ©
Tetsudo Shrine

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara Park (in Nara), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning app.

Fly from Oita to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara Park, Himeji Castle, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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