20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Okayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
car:  2​h
6
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
8
Hakodate
— 2 nights
9
Sapporo
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

few
hours
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.
To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 31st (Sun), you're off toHakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amagisou Tachiyori-yu Hot Spring, Tenzan Tohji-kyo and Mt. Kintoki. On the 31st (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha Shrine, then make a trip to Gempeigawa River, and finally boost your wellbeing at Amagisou Tachiyori-yu Hot Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then boost your wellbeing at Tenzan Tohji-kyo, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi sightseeing planning website .

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mishima, Odawara Castle, Amagisou Tachiyori-yu Hot Spring
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Mishima Taisha Shrine ©
Mishima Taisha Shrine
Odawara Castle ©
Odawara Castle

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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.
You've added Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Nagoya Castle, Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, then take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery, and finally make a trip to Yamazaki River. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Canal Resort, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, and then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Okayama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagoya to Okayama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nagoya in April, Okayama is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ritsurin Garden
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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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 Imabari Castle, Atomic Bomb Dome, Mt. Misen, and other attractions you added. On the 6th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Imabari Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel planner.

Getting from Okayama to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Beppu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Imabari Castle
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hells of Beppu, Tadewara Wetlands and Mt. Tsurumi. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mt. Tsurumi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kitsuki Castle Town, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tadewara Wetlands.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Beppu trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Beppu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitsuki Castle Town, Tadewara Wetlands
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Kitsuki Castle Town ©
Kitsuki Castle Town

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Acros Fukuoka, Ohori Park, Canal City Hakata, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then make a trip to Yatai, and finally get your game on at Canal City Hakata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let little ones run wild at Ohori Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Acros Fukuoka.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Fun & Games Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Canal City Hakata ©
Canal City Hakata
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niseko Village Ski Resort, Jozankei Onsen, Moerenuma Park, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onuma Park Walking Path and Sapporo Sorei Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Otaru Canal and Mt. Okura Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Yoichi-cho (Kakizaki Shoten & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Moiwa and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo visit planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Niseko Village Ski Resort, Onuma Park Walking Path, Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Mt. Okura Observatory ©
Mt. Okura Observatory
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

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Tokyo

Tokyo
To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker site .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

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