20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

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

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Hiroshima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a 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
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's much more to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Daisen Outlook
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

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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