20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shenyang
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kamakura
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Shenyang

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle Keshoyagura, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Himeji vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Shenyang, China to Himeji is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Shenyang to Himeji, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Himeji are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takasago, Jodoji Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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 23rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online journey planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jimmu-ji Temple. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Kamakura takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hiroshima in June: highs in Kamakura hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jimmu-ji Temple, Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Sankeien Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Sankeien Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 30th (Sun), examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyukake Jizo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto route maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ueda, Hotaka Mountain Range, Daiho-ji Temple, Nishinashinmeigu, Suwa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Anrakuji Temple ©
Anrakuji Temple

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Wada House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Nagase house, & more), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, stop by MIKOTO Tea House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Angoji Temple, Sairin-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Universal Studios Japan) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shori-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shori-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

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