20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 1 night
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Omoide Yokocho, then steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday builder website.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Nikko

— 3 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Kirifuri Waterfall, take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then hike along Odashirogahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagano

— 1 night
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 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, then trek along Kita Yatsuga-take, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Junenji.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagano trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Nagano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nagano, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Shima, then contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route tool.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mt. Kurama and Kyoto Aquarium. Get some cultural insight at Kennin-ji Temple and Heian Shrine. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then stroll through Bay Side Beach Saka, then stroll through Katsuragahama Beach, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Mon), walk around Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaka tenmangu shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and finally get your game on at KidZania Koshien.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kawaguchi

— 1 night
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Kozenin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsuzoin Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Kawaguchi City Cultural Properties Center.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawaguchi takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kawaguchi: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a stroll through Ueno District and then browse the different shops at Ikspiari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Tokyo takes an hour. On the 1st (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.