21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Berlin
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  18 h 15 min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Berlin

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 (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Oda (Thermal Spas & Kotogahama Beach). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

Berlin, Germany to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama (Nanaku Strawberry Farm, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more), Tottori (Watanabe Art Museum, Tottori Sand Dunes, &more) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Tottori, Kurashiki, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Maid Cafe & Bar Dot Em (in Osaka). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planning website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Gokayama (in Nanto). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, and stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

Plan my day in Kanazawa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Gokayama, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and walk around Ueno Park.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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