20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Takayama
— 1 night
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, thenexamine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Hiroshima is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Hiroshima, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
On the 11th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, thenmake a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then stroll around Nara Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel route site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, thenget to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, thenexamine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takayama Museum of History and Art.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takayama trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
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 18th (Thu), see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Kuratsuki Reservoir, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, thentake a stroll through Gokayama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gankei-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kanda Myojin and Samurai Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and teamLab☆Planets. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, and visit Ueno District.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally get outside with Toguchi no Hama. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In June, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Yonehara Beach, thenwalk around Banna Park, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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