20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Rebecca Quan

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Toyama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kaga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for Toyama.
Highlights from your trip

Toyama

— 4 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toyama: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Former Uchiyama Residence, explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and see the interesting displays at Rakusuitei Art Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Toyama day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Toyama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect Toyama to be little chillier, temps between 52°F and 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Kaga.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaga

— 2 nights
Lying at the foot of one of Japan's holy volcanic mountains, the charming city of Kaga draws visitors with its onsens and lovely temples.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Yamanaka Onsen Yuge Way, appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge, and then don't miss a visit to Korogi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, find something for the whole family at Tsukiusagi no Sato, then take in the views from Ayatori Bridge, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kaga trip builder tool.

Drive from Toyama to Kaga in 1.5 hours. In April in Kaga, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kaga

Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour planner.

You can drive from Kaga to Kyoto in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.