20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
Train:  5 h
1
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Miyoshi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Kochi
— 2 nights
train:  1 h 30 min
5
Shimanto-cho
— 1 night
train:  1 h
6
Shimanto
— 1 night
train:  1 h 30 min
7
Uwajima
— 2 nights
train:  1 h
8
Uchiko-cho
— 1 night
train:  30 min
9
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
10
Imabari
— 1 night
train:  2 h
11
Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
ferry:  2 h 30 min
12
Shodoshima-cho
— 1 night
ferry:  4 h 30 min
13
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Great Seto Bridge. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ritsurin Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu road trip site.

Tokyo to Takamatsu is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Great Seto Bridge
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima
Tamamo Park ©
Tamamo Park

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Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokushima planning site.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takamatsu in May: highs in Tokushima hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 65°F. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Uzu no Michi
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Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi
Awa Odori Hall ©
Awa Odori Hall

1
night
Miyoshi

Miyoshi
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 15th (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then don't miss a visit to Manniquin Pis.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyoshi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Miyoshi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Tokushima in May, Miyoshi is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature Parks Baths
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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and then contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip planner.

You can take a train from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Kochi, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Shimanto-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum ©
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

1
night
Shimanto-cho

Shimanto-cho ©
On the 18th (Mon), savor the flavors at JA Shimanto Midori Market, then admire the masterpieces at Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto, and then make a trip to Kaiyodo Kappakan.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shimanto-cho itinerary app.

You can drive from Kochi to Shimanto-cho in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Shimanto-cho can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Shimanto.

Things to do in Shimanto-cho

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Iwamotoji Temple ©
Iwamotoji Temple
Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto ©
Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto

1
night
Shimanto

Shimanto ©
On the 19th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the views from Submersible Bridge of Sada.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Shimanto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Shimanto-cho to Shimanto takes an hour. In May in Shimanto, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. You will leave for Uwajima on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Shimanto

Outdoors Tours
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Submersible Bridge of Sada ©
Submersible Bridge of Sada

2
nights
Uwajima

Uwajima ©
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Uwajima Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Warei Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Tenshaen Garden, admire the natural beauty at Nanrakuen, and then make a trip to Uwajima.

Find out how to plan Uwajima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Shimanto to Uwajima in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uwajima can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks Historic Sites
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Tenshaen Garden ©
Tenshaen Garden
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Uwajima ©
Uwajima

1
night
Uchiko-cho

Uchiko-cho ©
Uchiko is a town located in Kita District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.On January 1, 2005 the town of Ikazaki, from Kita District; and the town of Oda, from Kamiukena District, were merged into Uchiko.As of April 1, 2017 (after this merger), the town has an estimated population of 16,172 and a density of 54 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikoku Karst and then appreciate the views at Izumidani Terraces. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan, then don't miss a visit to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, and then take an in-depth tour of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uchiko-cho online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Uchiko-cho takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Uchiko-cho can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Shikoku Karst
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Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst

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nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Uchiko-cho to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Imabari.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Baths
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Dogo Onsen Station ©
Dogo Onsen Station

1
night
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Imabari Castle, don't miss a visit to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Imabari road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Matsuyama to Imabari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites
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Imabari Castle ©
Imabari Castle
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

1
night
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
On the 26th (Tue), admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station, don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, and then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotohira-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Imabari to Kotohira-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kotohira-cho are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
JR Kotohira Station ©
JR Kotohira Station

1
night
Shodoshima-cho

Shodoshima-cho ©
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial and then stop by Angel Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shodoshima-cho tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kotohira-cho to Shodoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. In May in Shodoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Angel Road
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Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Shodoshima-cho to Naoshima-cho takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
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Ando Museum ©
Ando Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Art House Project ©
Art House Project