20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Perth, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Miyakojima. Traveling from Perth in December, expect nights in Miyakojima to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Misen Wild Woods (in Hatsukaichi). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hiroshima, with highs around 13°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
On the 26th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takasago, Mt. Takamikura, Jodoji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Jodoji Temple
Jodoji Temple

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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.
Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 3rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum are in your itinerary. Step out of Tokyo to go to Hakone-machi and see The Hakone Open-Air Museum, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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