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
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Himeji
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  22​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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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 30 — 31:

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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.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach, examine the collection at Hakone Museum of Photography, then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip tool .

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mishima, Atami
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Mishima Taisha Shrine ©
Mishima Taisha Shrine
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, stroll through Yamazaki River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and finally engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, stroll through Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Nagoya are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

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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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeji road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden ©
Kokoen Garden

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 6th (Sat), get answers to all your questions at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kakibaru Yomasujo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai Houses, get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kamitori Shopping Street, and finally make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto online journey builder .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Samurai Houses
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Samurai Houses ©
Samurai Houses

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night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Ohori Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temman-gu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Temman-gu
Dazaifu Temman-gu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Outdoor Center and Mt. Okura Observatory. Get some cultural insight at Susukino and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Venture out of the city with trips to Mishima's Shibazakura Garden (in Kutchan-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan & Otaru Canal). There's still lots to do: get great views at Mt. Moiwa, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo Dome, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip maker site .

You can fly from Fukuoka to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Fukuoka, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Niseko Outdoor Center, Mishima's Shibazakura Garden
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Mt. Okura Observatory ©
Mt. Okura Observatory

1
night
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 13th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then appreciate the history behind Hokkaido Dai Ippo no Chi Monument, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Yokohama
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Harajuku Takeshita-dori ©
Harajuku Takeshita-dori

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