21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Naha
— 3 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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. In January, Tokyo is cooler than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Spas (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Spas
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and stop by Gion.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

3
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya) and Nara (Experience YAMATO, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koshikiiwa Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, thendon't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, thenmake a trip to Kokusaidori, and finally make a trip to Yachimun Street. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, make a trip to Sangui, thensteep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, thenappreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha online travel route planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Nanjo, St. Clara Church
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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