20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 51°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

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 1st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki vacation planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, things will get cooler in Nagasaki: highs are around 51°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hiroshima using our trip planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Arashiyama, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 11th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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