20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Nezu Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, visit Best Experience Japan, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

Reno, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Reno in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Waho-An NATURE Tokyo ©
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakone Museum of Art and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Appreciate the collections at Okada Museum of Art and Lalique Museum Hakone. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuju-in Temple (Hakone Kannon), admire the masterpieces at Hakone Karakuri Museum, and take a memorable tour with Fun2Drive.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Highlights from your plan
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha and then surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hokusai-kan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip planning app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nagano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, Nagano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Nagano to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. Traveling from Nagano in November, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nara Park, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka online tour planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joju-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

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