20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Train:  11​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takehara
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Visit Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine for their historical value. Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Dotonbori, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday app .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Osaka is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Auckland Central in September, plan for much hotter days in Osaka, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Ryoanji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, admire the natural beauty at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary maker website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 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 Parks Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Takehara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
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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): step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Streets of Takehara.

Plan a trip to Takehara easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Hiroshima to Takehara by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takehara, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takehara

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more) and Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Takehara to Tokyo with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sankeien Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 25:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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