20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Train:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Vancouver

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Kōtoku-in about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Ainokura Gassho Community, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 22nd (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then walk around Kabira Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Hiroshima in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Visiting Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Miyakojima visit planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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