20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Ghibli Museum Mitaka has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

Kobe

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kobe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotombori District, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to Umeda Sky Building.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Kyoto

— 2 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Osaka

— 3 nights
On the 20th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

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.