20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omoide Yokocho, then don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation maker .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Kirifuri Waterfall, take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, then witness the site of a historic battle at Odashirogahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Honda Collection Hall, Ryuka Waterfall, Utsunomiya Museum of Art
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja
Chuzenji Temple ©
Chuzenji Temple

1
night
Nagano

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

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano road trip site .

Take a train from Nikko to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nagano when traveling from Nikko in September, with lows around 20°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagano Prefecture
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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.
To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to 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.
You've now added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Ninna-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Kurama and Kyoto Aquarium. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner.

Getting from Toyama to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium
Kyoto National Museum ©
Kyoto National Museum

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): stroll through Mikasahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka, then kick back and relax at Katsuragahama Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Bay Side Beach Saka
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Osaka City Central Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaka tenmangu shrine, then admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and finally get your game on at KidZania Koshien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), KidZania Koshien
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KidZania Koshien ©
KidZania Koshien
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

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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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Osaka to Hakone-machi by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 travel to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Kozenin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Kawaguchi City Cultural Properties Center.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawaguchi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, expect nights in Kawaguchi to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saitama Prefecture Health & Welfare Village, Atre Urawa, Tsukinoishi Momiji Park
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Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia ©
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Kozenin ©
Kozenin

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 28th (Fri), wander the streets of Ueno and then make a trip to Ikspiari. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

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Getting from Kawaguchi to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. You will leave for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Ikspiari, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Mt. Takao
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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