20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights

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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.
You've added Statue of Hachiko & Hidesaburo Ueno, Shibuya Center-gai, Kiddy Land Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. In November, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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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.
Shop till you drop at Kyoto Station Building and Kiyomizuyaki no Sato. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Chishaku-in. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unryuin, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Higashi Hongan-ji Temple ©
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Popular historic sites such as Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Himeji Castle. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kobe vacation planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 4th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally look for gifts at Chayahonjin Hotoriya.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi journey maker site.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten as well as Shibu Onsen. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shibu Onsen, and then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Yamanouchi-machi. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan
Shibu Onsen ©
Shibu Onsen

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market as well as teamLab Borderless. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market ©
Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market

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