20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (in Komatsu), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Mizuno Sportology Gallery, Osaka Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and head outdoors with Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

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

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen) and Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji trip maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Yabu, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 19th (Sat), get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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