20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + train:  19​h
1
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Houston

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Wed), cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

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Houston, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in November; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi. Keep things going the next day: get some jogging in at Onuma Park Walking Path, then admire the striking features of Hakodate Community Design Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakodate day trip website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in November; daily highs in Hakodate reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Minato Mirai 21 and Omotesando. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Senso-ji Temple. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 3rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then stop by Nanapito Hompo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Furusatofor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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