20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
2
Hakodate
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ganso Sapporo Ramen Street, Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 and Mt. Moiwa. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and walk around Odori Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online attractions planner .

Manchester, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Manchester in September since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, Mount Hakodate and Hakodate Morning Market. On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip maker website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Parks Nature
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hakodate Morning Market ©
Hakodate Morning Market

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roppongi, Samurai Museum and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Popular historic sites such as Nagoya Castle and Inuyama Jokamachi are in your itinerary. Take a break from Nagoya with a short trip to Inuyama Castle in Inuyama, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street and make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Nagoya are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inuyama
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Inuyama Jokamachi ©
Inuyama Jokamachi

2
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.
You've added Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Matsui Sake Brewery, Ginkakuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matsui Sake Brewery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool .

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Umeda Sky Building, Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka journey builder site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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