20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Amaharashi Coast, don't miss a visit to Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, then stop by Gokayama, and finally make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Kanazawa, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 Kennin-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Daigo-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at To no Oka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 1 night
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 30th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabira Kannon-do, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, and finally steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder app.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, then get outside with Atami Sun Beach, and finally make a trip to Kiunkaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, then stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

Before you visit Hakone-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Hakone-machi in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Iriomote-jima, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Takao and Kiyose Sunflower Farm. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kencho-ji Temple in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka District, visit Odaiba District, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Yaeyama-gun travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Landmarks · Stand-Up Paddleboarding