20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and visit Akihabara.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

Hobart, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hobart to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Manyo Botanical Garden, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka route tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Spend 5th (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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