20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Koya-cho
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + train:  4​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Baths Spas

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Arima Onsen in Kita, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and examine the collection at Glico Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. July in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online route planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Kagami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and finally look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nagano trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kagami ©
Lake Kagami
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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