20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Koya-cho
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
8
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Shirakawa-mura
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
11
Toyama
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
12
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
13
Fuji
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
14
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
15
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You've added Shinsekai, Osaka Castle Park, Dotonbori, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the range of quality goods at Osaka Station City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): walk around Osaka Castle Park, steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, then shop like a local with Nipponbashi Denden Town, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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hours
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Koyasan Station has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Koyasan Station, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho driving holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've added Shukkei-en Garden, Mazda Museum, Mt. Misen, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

Plan a trip to Hiroshima easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

1
night
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.
To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nara trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
You've added Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Ginkakuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Teramachi-dori Street. Enjoy Kyoto some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Gion.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harada Sake Brewery, Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Yoshijima Heritage House. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji and then snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Takayama planning website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

few
hours
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.
To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You'll set off for Toyama on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tsuzumi Gate ©
Tsuzumi Gate

1
day
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Toyama fast, fun, and easy.

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Toyama

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Toyama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fuji.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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hours
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine. On the 28th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Fuji trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Matsumoto to Fuji. Traveling from Matsumoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fuji, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine ©
Mt. Fujiyama Komitake shrine

1
night
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 Hakone Ropeway as well as Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour planning tool .

You can drive from Fuji to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fuji in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shinagawa Shrine, Shibuya Hikarie, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Sky Garden in Yokohama, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ueno, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stop by Asakusa.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yokohama
Highlights from your plan

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