21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

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Naha to Tokyo is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Naha in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally explore the historical opulence of Kazurayama Castle Ruins. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Neagarimatsu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are slightly colder (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

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 21st (Wed): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

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.