20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dublin
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Dublin

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Dublin, Ireland to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in April, with highs in Hiroshima at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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