20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 day
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 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.
Kencho-ji Temple and Kokyo Gaien National Garden will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Nezu Museum and Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Engaku-ji Temple in Kamakura, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, take a stroll through Akihabara, and look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo. When traveling from Johannesburg in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 18th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, stroll through Hakone Shisseikaen, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hozomon. Take a break from the city and head to Meguro River and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, walk around Kitanomaru Park, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Himeji

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Himeji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Kobe

— 1 day
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then visit Kobe Harborland, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Umeda Sky Building. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder site.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Classes · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.