20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Himeji route planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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