20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Matsumoto
— Few hours
train:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
7
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Fukuoka
— Few hours
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

6
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 Omotesando, Akihabara, Imperial Palace, and other attractions. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Asakusa. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

few
hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 16th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro as well as Omicho Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Shofukaku Garden ©
Shofukaku Garden

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.
You've added Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), Maruyama Park, Kyoto Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Mt. Maya
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, Peace Flame and Atomic Bomb Dome. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online tour builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
You've added Maruyama Park, Glover Garden, Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street), and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then walk around Maruyama Park, and finally make a trip to Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Hashima Island ©
Hashima Island

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matama Beach, Lake Kinrin and Suginoi Palace. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Kinrin and then take a memorable drive along Matama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu and then get in on the family fun at Suginoi Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beppu online trip planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Beppu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nagasaki in August: highs in Beppu hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You will leave for Fukuoka on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Beppu

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kinrin, Matama Beach
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

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hours
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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