20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Toyooka
— 1 night
4
Ise
— 1 night
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Asakusa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Maruoka Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Wada House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation maker app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Katsuyama, Maruoka Castle, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World, get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, test the waters at a local thermal spa, thensavor the flavors at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and finally examine the collection at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan.

Find out how to plan Toyooka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Kanazawa to Toyooka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January in Toyooka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Toyooka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas
Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ise route builder app.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Ise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toyooka in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Ichimonji Chuki. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Change things up with a short trip to Hankyu Umeda Honten in Osaka (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning website.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Miyajima, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

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

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to East Henna Cape.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: highs in Miyakojima hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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.
Do your shopping at Nei Museum of Art and Yurateiku Market. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Banna Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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