20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo. Traveling from Edmonton in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online trip maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bizen, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Tendaki Falls, Takeda Teramachi Street, Kunimi no Mori Park
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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