20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Imabari
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Niihama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Mitoyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Marugame
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Asakuchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Kurashiki
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Okayama
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Onomichi
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
End: Osaka

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Suo-Oshima and Hojo Kashima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imabari: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Gojuno To, Miyajima, & more). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Hakata-Oshima Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Imabari online trip maker .

Osaka to Imabari is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niihama.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Suo-Oshima
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

3
nights
Niihama

Niihama ©
Niihama is a city located in the eastern part of Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Get out of town with these interesting Niihama side-trips: Saijo (Kamegamori Forest & Mt. Ishizuchi) and Shikokuchuo (Senryū-ji Temple & Suiha Kogen). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Besshi Copper Mine, delve into the distant past at Shokojiyama Mound Park, and soothe aching muscles at Maintopia Besshi.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Niihama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Imabari to Niihama takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Niihama are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Mitoyo.

Things to do in Niihama

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Shikokuchuo, Saijo
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Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi
Senryuji Temple ©
Senryuji Temple
Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum ©
Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum

2
nights
Mitoyo

Mitoyo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Fudo Fall and then explore the activities along Hozan Lake.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mitoyo online route planner .

Traveling by car from Niihama to Mitoyo takes an hour. Traveling from Niihama in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Mitoyo, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marugame.

Things to do in Mitoyo

Parks Nature
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Hozan Lake ©
Hozan Lake

1
night
Marugame

Marugame ©
Marugame is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 109,922 and a population density of 980 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum, then explore the world behind art at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally admire the striking features of Jukakuin. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kameyama Park (Marugame Castle) and then get in on the family fun at New Reoma World.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marugame planning tool .

Marugame is very close to Mitoyo. February in Marugame sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Asakuchi.

Things to do in Marugame

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum
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New Reoma World ©
New Reoma World
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

1
night
Asakuchi

Asakuchi ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Dr. Yoshio Nishina Birth Place, then learn more about the world around you at Hourseshoe Crab Museum, then experience rural life at Michi-no-Eki Kasaoka Bay Farm, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daisen-In Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Asakuchi travel tool .

Drive from Marugame to Asakuchi in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Asakuchi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Asakuchi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kasaoka, Dr. Yoshio Nishina Birth Place
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Hourseshoe Crab Museum ©
Hourseshoe Crab Museum

3
nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kurashiki: Fukuyama (Tomo no Ura & Sensui Island Camping Site) and Takamatsu (Mt.Yashima & Tamamo Park). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square, stop by Bitchu Kurashiki Setouchian, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujito-ji Temple, and revel in the low prices at MITSUI OUTLET PARK KURASHIKI.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kurashiki day trip planner .

Kurashiki is just a short distance from Asakuchi. In February in Kurashiki, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Takamatsu, Fukuyama
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Yashima ©
Yashima
Tomo no Ura ©
Tomo no Ura
Kurashiki Ivy Square ©
Kurashiki Ivy Square

4
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Naruto (Onaruto Bridge, Tokushima Prefectural Uzunomichi, & more) and Himeji (Kokoen Garden, Himeji Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, stroll through Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Okayama online travel planner .

Okayama is just a short distance from Kurashiki. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Himeji, Naruto, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

1
night
Onomichi

Onomichi
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Joganji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Kame No Kubi Statue, then go for a walk through Kyoonzan Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mt. Senkoji Ropeway.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Onomichi trip maker site .

You can take a train from Okayama to Onomichi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Onomichi sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks
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