20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  18 h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Milan

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip app.

Milan, Italy to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Milan in settembre, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online holiday maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In settembre in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Yabu, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in settembre, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Nagase house, &more) and Takaoka (Gallery Otera, Ikadai Residence, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. ottobre in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takaoka
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In ottobre in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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