20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 10 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
End: Cairns

1
night
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.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka journey builder .

Cairns, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cairns to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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10
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.
You've added Odaiba, Asakusa, Meguro River, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ueno and Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai). Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Hakone Stone‐paved Road in Hakone-machi, about 1h 55 min away. It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Daiba Park and take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

7
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.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Suzuka Circuit and Hogonin Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara Park, Suzuka Circuit
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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