20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  3​h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Matsuyama
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
9
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
End: Osaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, then steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jotenji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, examine the collection at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Hakata History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

Plan my day in Fukuoka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Osaka to Fukuoka is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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Kashii-gu ©
Kashii-gu
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Woodone Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mashike Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi travel planning website .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Woodone Museum of Art ©
Woodone Museum of Art

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.
On the 11th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima route maker tool .

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, stop by Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dogo Onsengai, and finally make a trip to Taisanji Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Matsuyama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. August in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Baths
Highlights from your plan
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at 007 Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Matsuyama to Naoshima-cho in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Ando Museum ©
Ando Museum

1
night
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, then stroll through Nakayama Senmaida, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinotakiryusui Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Nishinotakiryusui Temple ©
Nishinotakiryusui Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Rokkaku Kyozo, get engrossed in the history at Kudoyama Sanada Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tonosho-cho to Koya-cho. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kudoyama Sanada Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo
Jokiin ©
Jokiin

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ninna-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Ise Shrine Geku in Ise--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kifune-jinja Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Ise Shrine Geku
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally explore the galleries of Little Prince Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take a stroll through Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then see the interesting displays at Fujiko F Fujio Museum, and finally wander the streets of Yanaka.

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

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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