20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Karachi
+2
Fly + subway + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Karachi

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 21st (Tue), stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hirosima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally examine the collection at Dejima. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki day trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Nagasaki is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hirosima Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum, then see the interesting displays at Okaya Silk Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Irufu Doga Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Matsumoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Okaya
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
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 25th (Sat), explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally examine the collection at Hakone Museum of Photography. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Sensō-ji and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Asakusa. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Nijo Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route builder site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Takasago
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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