20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
3
Numazu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
7
Narita
— 1 night
End: Narita

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Samukawa Shrine and Awa Jinja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oyama Afuri Shrine and Amabiki Kannon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Yokohama) and Chichibu Shrine (in Chichibu). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Koajiro Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson), walk around Kitanomaru Park, and make a trip to Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planning website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mt. Kumotori, Awa Jinja, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Amabiki Kannon, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Korin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Old Mejima Residence, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kankeiji Temple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nagano road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 4°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Numazu.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums
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Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple
Mizuno Museum ©
Mizuno Museum
Kankeiji Temple ©
Kankeiji Temple

2
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park, delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins, take some stellar pictures from Kirameki no Oka Observation Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihamasaki Cape, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Juyobunkazai Ekawatei, then get to know the fascinating history of Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park, and then tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Numazu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Numazu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in February, expect Numazu to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Numazu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Juyobunkazai Ekawatei, Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©
Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Yamanaka Castle Ruins ©
Yamanaka Castle Ruins
Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park ©
Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park

4
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 Gyoen National Garden and Yasakanoto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Jonangu Shrine and Myoshinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosenin, and steep yourself in history at Honen-in.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Numazu to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Numazu in February since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Saimyo-ji Temple, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naramachi Koshino Ie and Yoshikien. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asuka-dera Temple and Tekijuku. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Tanzan Shrine in Sakurai, approximately Sakurai away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Plan a Osaka trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Nishinomiya Shrine, Tanzan Shrine, Asuka-dera Temple
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Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Take a break from the city and head to Mizuho Highland and Ini Rice Terraces. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mitaki Temple and Former Naval Academy. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Yamaguchi Flower Land in Yanai, approximately Yanai away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Narita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Mizuho Highland, Former Naval Academy, Yamaguchi Flower Land, Ini Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland
Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
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 24th (Wed), make a trip to Niomon Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaku-do, then play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijion-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Komikado Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Namegawasan Ryushoin Temple, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Sakura Kusabue no Oka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Narita vacation planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hiroshima to Narita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Narita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Sakura Kusabue no Oka
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Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari) ©
Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari)
Komikado Shrine ©
Komikado Shrine
Gaku-do ©
Gaku-do

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