20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Surabaya
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fujinomiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Surabaya

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally wander the streets of Asakusa.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planning app .

Surabaya, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Surabaya in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): go for a walk through Deai Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

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You can do a combination of train and car from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Shirakawa-mura to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, make a trip to Daibutsuden, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Head to Nishiki Market and Kyoto Station Buildingfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take a stroll through Sakae, then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Inuyama Castle, get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Oasis 21.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya ©
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha Shrine, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, then contemplate the long history of Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan, and finally go for a walk through Kuon-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fujinomiya trip tool .

You can drive from Nagoya to Fujinomiya in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagoya in December; daily highs in Fujinomiya reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minobu-cho, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mishima Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Mishima Taisha Shrine ©
Mishima Taisha Shrine
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Take a break from the city and head to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Takeshita Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Akihabara, stop by Rental Kimono Sakura, tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibo Hongyo-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo visit planner.

You can drive from Fujinomiya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fujinomiya in January, Tokyo is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Takao
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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