20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes KidZania Tokyo, Tokyo Central Railway Station and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Senso-ji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Kids will enjoy Himeji Castle and Kobe Oji Zoo. Take a break from Kobe with a short trip to Koko-en in Himeji, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kobe Animal Kingdom and take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kobe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. April in Kobe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, about 54 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip app.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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.
Bring the kids along to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, visit Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

Osaka

— 3 nights
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

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

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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.