20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Train to Kintetsunagoya, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Ise

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ise Shrine Geku and Meotoiwa Rocks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Saiku Histrical Museum and Jingu Chokokan Museum. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Yokoyama (in Shima) and Uramuracho (in Toba). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, and contemplate the long history of Meotoiwa Front Approach.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ise online holiday maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Tokyo

— 7 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Meguro River and Kamakura Hiking Trails. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Asakusa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Take a train from Ise to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ise in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.