20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Nezu Museum and Samurai Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, visit Best Experience Japan, explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien.

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Reno, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reno to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Reno in November, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakone Museum of Art and Pola Museum of Art. Appreciate the collections at Okada Museum of Art and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuju-in Temple (Hakone Kannon), admire the masterpieces at Hakone Karakuri Museum, and take a memorable tour with Fun2Drive.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha and then surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hokusai-kan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip planning app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nagano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, Nagano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shisendo Temple, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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You can take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. Traveling from Nagano in November, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nara Park, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka online tour planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joju-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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