20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kyoto
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Matsumoto
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 15​min
5
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Miho Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Takashima (Kaizu Osaki & Hanifu Shrine), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Kyoto University Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imakumano Kannonji, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Daitoku-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takashima, Sakurai, Kinpusenji Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kita Family House and Kanazawa Catholic Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Hakusan (Mount Hakusan & Shirayama Hime Shrine), Cosmo Isle Hakui (in Hakui) and Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama). The adventure continues: stroll through Gongenmori Beach, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakusan, Gongenmori Beach, Cosmo Isle Hakui, Kita Family House, Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakusan ©
Mount Hakusan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

few
hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 24th (Sun), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kametaya Sake Brewery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

You can plan Matsumoto trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Kametaya Sake Brewery ©
Kametaya Sake Brewery

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Takayama travel route builder app .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakabe Dozogai
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Takayama to Hatsukaichi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan my Hiroshima trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kawaguchikokonohana Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Kitahara Museum Toys & Nostalgic Item "Happy Days", and finally stop by Ishikorokan kawaguchiko.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan

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.
You'll explore and learn at Fire Museum and Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hozomon, walk around Kitanomaru Park, make a trip to Taishakuten-Sando, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 3rd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

Similar Plans

22 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS November, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Houston, Tokyo & Osaka BY A USER FROM CHILE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Tokyo & Fukuoka BY A USER FROM MACAO August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Da Nang, Hong Kong & Tokyo BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 21 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, teens, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 21 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans