20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  5​h 30​min
5
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Paris

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Art Jeunesse Akihabara, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Yanaka, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

6
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 Tenryuji Temple, Nisonin, Sagano, and other attractions. Visiting Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamigamo Shrine and Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Kurama-dera.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Honen-ji Temple
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, Mt. Misen, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi trip builder website .

Getting from Nara to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naramachi as well as Ukimido. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ukimido, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

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You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shinkyo, Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the views from Shinkyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Senjugahama.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nikko holiday planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nara in October, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamakura Seaside Park Yuigahama Area and Tokeiji Temple.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kamakura day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kamakura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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