20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Fuji
— 1 night
Train
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
8
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland as well as Tokyo DisneySea. Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Kamakura Hiking Trails. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kōtoku-in and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 22:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibuyu Shrine, stop by Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Minzoku Shiryokan Gosetsu No Yakata.

To plan Yamanouchi-machi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, then don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Resort Outlet Yatsugatake. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Norikura Kogen.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Fuji

— 1 night
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip maker site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fuji in 3 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Fuji. You will leave for Kyoto on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Fuji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. There's much more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, stroll the grounds of Reigenin, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Fuji to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Naramachi, don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gango-ji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa Pond, and finally make a trip to Nara National Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): head outdoors with Mt Shosha hiking, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then browse the different shops at Piole Himeji.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, then make a trip to Miyajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Japan travel guide

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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.