20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Hakuba-mura
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Nagano
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakuba-mura — 5 nights

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura road trip app.

Tumon, Guam to Hakuba-mura is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tumon to Hakuba-mura, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Tumon in January; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.
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Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Nagano — 1 night

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zenko-ji Temple as well as Snow Monkey Resorts. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagano sightseeing app.

Take a shuttle from Hakuba-mura to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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Osaka — 2 nights

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.
You've added Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Dotombori District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip app.

You can fly from Nagano to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, Osaka is a bit warmer than Nagano - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Nara — 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple and Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tea Ceremony Ju-An, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Katsura Imperial Villa, and other attractions.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Tokyo — 7 nights

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 Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, stroll around Ueno Park, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker site.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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