20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trek along Forest Therapy Road Okushiga Shirakaba Enro Course and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi visit planner .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Momiji Tunnel and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi and then find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Narusawa-mura trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Narusawa-mura takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Narusawa-mura are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kita sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Narusawa-mura to Kita. When traveling from Narusawa-mura in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kita, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning app .

Getting from Kita to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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.
On the 31st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, stroll through Miyajima, and then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

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
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and stroll through Toguchi no Hama.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima online attractions planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. When traveling from Hiroshima in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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