20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nara
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h
9
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Edmonton

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.
You've added Mount Fuji, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

Start your trip to Tokyo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in February: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get little chillier in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. On the 4th (Wed), you're off toNagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Nagoya Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip builder .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Nagoya. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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 now added Kyoto Station Building to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toNara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Gion
Gion

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hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

Before you visit Nara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho, Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and then admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Himeji sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Onna-son (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle and make a trip to Yachimun Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naha day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naha by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in March, with highs in Naha at 24°C and lows at 19°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Naha

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Yachimun Street ©
Yachimun Street

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