20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Tamiami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Tamiami in October, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Himeji is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and visit Gion.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.