20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sendai
— 1 night
Drive
3
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive
4
Nagano
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Matsue
— 1 night
Drive
7
Nagato
— 1 night
Drive
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
10
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
11
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then look for gifts at MUJI Yurakucho, and finally take a stroll through Ginza.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Stockholm, Sweden to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get curious at 3M Sendai Science Museum, make a trip to Taga Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, and finally make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Sendai are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Niigata

— 1 night
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Niigata Church, then kick back and relax at Nishikaigan Park, and finally stop by Minato Kobo.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata trip planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Niigata can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, then get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 3rd (Tue), surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, stop by Sakuda Honten, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Matsue

— 1 night
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine, look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, steep yourself in history at Teahouse Meimei-an, then get engrossed in the history at Matsue Horaenya Denshokan, and finally see the interesting displays at Gogin Karakoro Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsue in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. August in Matsue sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagato.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Nagato

— 1 night
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 5th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Omijima Nature Path, look for gifts at Shop Omijima, then browse the different shops at Michi-no-Eki Senzakitchen, then admire the masterpieces at Kazuki Yasuo Museum, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagato, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Nagato takes 5 hours. In August in Nagato, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagato

Shopping · Spas · Museums · Baths
Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Pokemon Center Hiroshima, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, then see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagato to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Osaka Castle and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Hankyu Umeda Honten or Tower Knives Osaka. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Walking tours, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and finally hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Heian Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, get a taste of the local shopping with International Design Center Design Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Parco Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planning tool.

Drive from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nagoya in August: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ginza, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Japan travel guide

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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.