20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Konohana
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Fukushima
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
8
Kita
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Gold Coast

5
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.
Get outdoors at Ueno Zoo and Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planning tool .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Yogaisan, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online travel planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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 some cultural insight at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Nijo Castle and Ginkaku-ji Temple for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey maker .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally shop like a local with Shinsaibashi.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naniwa online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Naniwa takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Naniwa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

1
night
Konohana

Konohana ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Konohana journey builder site .

Konohana is just a stone's throw from Naniwa. Traveling from Naniwa in May, plan for little chillier nights in Konohana, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Konohana

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

1
night
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuyunoten Shrine, then take a stroll through Kitashinchi, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Osaka Station City.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Fukushima trip itinerary planning app .

Fukushima is just a short distance from Konohana. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Fukushima

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Osaka Station City ©
Osaka Station City
The National Museum of Art, Osaka ©
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Kitashinchi ©
Kitashinchi

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
On the 15th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, make a trip to La Sola, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino, and finally examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kita travel planning app .

Kita is just a short distance from Fukushima. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kita

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Horyu-ji Temple, Waterfall of Mino, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Highlights from your plan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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