20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fuji
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland as well as Tokyo DisneySea. Do your shopping at Ginza and Minato Mirai 21. Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Takao
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine, look for gifts at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Minzoku Shiryokan Gosetsu No Yakata.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Resort Outlet Yatsugatake. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Resort Outlet Yatsugatake, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

1
night
Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fuji trip planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fuji in 3 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fuji, with lows around 20°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Kurama and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and stroll the grounds of Reigenin.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Fuji to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, get great views at Naramachi, steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, 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 maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planner.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): hike along Mt Shosha hiking, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then browse the different shops at Piole Himeji.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Nara to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Piole Himeji ©
Piole Himeji

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
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): stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

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