20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
3
Numazu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
7
Narita
— 1 night
End: Narita

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samukawa Shrine and Chichibu Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Kitanomaru Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Tsurumi), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Enoshima Sea Candle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenyo-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi, and take a peaceful walk through Koajiro Forest.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Kumotori, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Koajiro Forest, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Chichibu Shrine ©
Chichibu Shrine

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Korin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Old Mejima Residence, then examine the collection at Mizuno Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kankeiji Temple.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Numazu.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums
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Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple
Kankeiji Temple ©
Kankeiji Temple
Mizuno Museum ©
Mizuno Museum

2
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take some stellar pictures from Yamanaka Castle Ruins, then get great views at Kirameki no Oka Observation Area, then explore the activities along Mihamasaki Cape, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Juyobunkazai Ekawatei, get to know the fascinating history of Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park, and then tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Numazu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Nagano to Numazu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in February; daily highs in Numazu reach 11°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Numazu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park, Juyobunkazai Ekawatei, Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course
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Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©
Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Yamanaka Castle Ruins ©
Yamanaka Castle Ruins
Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Myoshinji Temple and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihikaku Senkoji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Numazu to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Numazu in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kongorin-ji Temple, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Saimyo-ji Temple, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

3
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.
Visit Nishinomiya Shrine and Tanzan Shrine for their historical value. Naramachi Koshino Ie and Yasui Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Yoshikien (in Nara) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, take a stroll through Kitashinchi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Asuka-dera Temple, Nishinomiya Shrine, Tanzan Shrine
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Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Mizuho Highland and Motoyasu River will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Mitaki Temple and Former Naval Academy. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Ini Rice Terraces (in Akiota-cho) and Yamaguchi Flower Land (in Yanai). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamaguchi Flower Land, Former Naval Academy, Ini Rice Terraces, Mizuho Highland
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Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Niomon Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do, then play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijion-ji Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Komikado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namegawasan Ryushoin Temple, and then stroll around Sakura Kusabue no Oka.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Narita trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hiroshima to Narita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Narita, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trip

Sakura Kusabue no Oka
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Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari) ©
Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari)
Komikado Shrine ©
Komikado Shrine
Gaku-do ©
Gaku-do

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