20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Takehara
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 8 nights

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.
Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Kasuga Grand Shrine). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Osaka. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Osaka are much warmer (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Let the collections at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takehara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Takehara

Takehara ©
Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): head off the coast to Okunoshima Island and then get to know the fascinating history of Takehara Townscape Preservation Area.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Takehara vacation planner.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Takehara in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Hiroshima in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Takehara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takehara

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Okunoshima Island ©
Okunoshima Island
Takehara Townscape Preservation Area ©
Takehara Townscape Preservation Area

8
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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science capture your imagination. Odaiba District and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Asakusa, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Takehara to Tokyo with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sankeien Gardens
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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