20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Omoide Yokocho, then steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday builder website.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Showa Kinen Park
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Tokyo Dome City ©
Tokyo Dome City

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Kirifuri Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then hike along Odashirogahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Honda Collection Hall, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Ryuka Waterfall
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Honda Collection Hall ©
Honda Collection Hall

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, then trek along Kita Yatsuga-take, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Junenji.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagano trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Nagano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nikko in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nagano, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagano Prefecture
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Chokokuji ©
Chokokuji
Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Shima, then contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route tool.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks
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Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street
Shofukaku Garden ©
Shofukaku Garden
Seisonkaku Villa ©
Seisonkaku Villa

5
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shimogamo Jinja and Kennin-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Kurama and Kyoto Aquarium. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary maker.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then get outside with Bay Side Beach Saka, then kick back and relax at Katsuragahama Beach, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Bay Side Beach Saka
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaka tenmangu shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and finally get your game on at KidZania Koshien.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, KidZania Koshien, Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
KidZania Koshien ©
KidZania Koshien

1
night
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.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen

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night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Kozenin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsuzoin Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Kawaguchi City Cultural Properties Center.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawaguchi takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kawaguchi: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tsukinoishi Momiji Park, Saitama Prefecture Health & Welfare Village, Atre Urawa
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia ©
Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Tsukinoishi Momiji Park ©
Tsukinoishi Momiji Park

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a stroll through Ueno and then browse the different shops at Ikspiari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site.

You can drive from Kawaguchi to Tokyo in an hour. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ikspiari, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Mt. Takao, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise ©
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

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