20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Nikko
— 2 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Nikko is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Nikko due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Nikko at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Mt. Kimpu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Nishizawa Valley (in Yamanashi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake, and stroll through Momiji Tunnel.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nikko in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishizawa Valley, Ryugatake, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mt. Kimpu, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Momiji Tunnel ©
Momiji Tunnel

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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions app.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: get outside with Yonehara Beach, kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, you will find days in Hiroshima are slightly colder (°C), and nights are much colder (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Four-M. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Similar Plans

21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS August, teens, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, popular sights Preferences: May, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, popular sights Preferences: November, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC April, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, kids, popular sights Preferences: January, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 23 days in Japan BY A USER FROM LATVIA May, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRENCH POLYNESIA May, kids, popular sights Preferences: May, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Japan BY A USER FROM DENMARK December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans