20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
End: Tokyo

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Tokyo Sea Life Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stop by Akihabara, take a stroll through Odaiba, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless as well as Tokyo DisneySea. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edogawa Natural Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine), Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). See some other sides of Tokyo: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station, and wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Moroiso Shores
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
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.
On the 14th (Tue), trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 16th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Family Osaka. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Eeyan, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka route planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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