20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 1 night

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ueno Park, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku, and other attractions. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Kids will appreciate attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, see Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip site.

Mumbai, India to Tokyo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. You will leave for Nikko on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Tokyo DisneySea
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, thenexplore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, thensteep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and finally explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

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Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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.
Daibutsukiritoshi has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get outside with Daibutsukiritoshi, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thentake some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths

Side Trip

Daibutsukiritoshi
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, thensee the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), and then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan) and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Takayama are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pond Tashiro, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

3
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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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), see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
On the 26th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): expand your horizons at JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Classes
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