20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
9
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Mexico City

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.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, thensee the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, thenadmire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and finally stroll around Kitanomaru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Yamatane Museum of Art, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, thenadmire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in June since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, steep yourself in history at Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokuharamitsuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unryuin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyoin, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jonangu Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sembon Shakado.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Chishaku-in
Chishaku-in
Hosenin ©
Hosenin
Unryuin ©
Unryuin

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Kondomae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokkaku Kyozo, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Jokiin ©
Jokiin

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, thenexamine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, thensee the interesting displays at Panasonic Museum, and finally examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tempozan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, National Museum of Ethnology, Panasonic Museum, Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Ethnology ©
National Museum of Ethnology
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie
Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum
Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Thu), cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, contemplate the long history of Chi no Ikeato, step into the grandiose world of The Ruins of Gochaku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitayama Kashima Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji journey maker.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in June, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takasago, Kakogawa, Nishiwaki
Highlights from your plan
Kyoshinji Temple ©
Kyoshinji Temple
The Ruins of Gochaku Castle ©
The Ruins of Gochaku Castle
Kitayama Kashima Shrine ©
Kitayama Kashima Shrine

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Jokoji Waterfall, take in the views from Takachiho Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Tamatare Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho journey planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Himeji to Takachiho-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): examine the collection at Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of The remians of Iwaya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nyoirinji Temple, thentake an in-depth tour of Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Imamura Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nyoirinji Temple, Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum, Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, Catholic Imamura Church
Highlights from your plan
Seinan Gakuin University Museum ©
Seinan Gakuin University Museum
The remians of Iwaya Castle ©
The remians of Iwaya Castle
Nyoirinji Temple ©
Nyoirinji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, stroll the grounds of Okumiya, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall, thenexplore the activities along Sainoko Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Senjugahama, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirane Mountain, and then explore the activities along Kinugawa River Source.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nikko online route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nikko by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Okumiya ©
Okumiya

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin ©
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nissan Crossing ©
Nissan Crossing

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