20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
You've now added teamLab Planets TOKYO to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 now added Pokemon Center Osaka to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and then look for gifts at Pokemon Center Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka route builder site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Naha

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Blue Cave). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shikinaen Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planning app .

Fly from Osaka to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in October; daily highs in Naha reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Onna-son, St. Clara Church
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, walk around Nara Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in October, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima sightseeing app .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and then meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): walk around Chubu Park, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Nagoya sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Ghibli Museum Mitaka to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, make a trip to Takeshita Street, and pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip builder .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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