21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  3​h
7
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kamogawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Seoul

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.
You've now added Osaka Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Semarang, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Semarang to Osaka. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haru Cooking Class, Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Legoland Japan. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Legoland Japan. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Urayasu.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
You've now added Tokyo Disneyland to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then walk around Urayasu Traffic Park, then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally browse the different shops at Ikspiari.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Urayasu journey maker .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Urayasu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Urayasu, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

2
nights
Kamogawa

Kamogawa ©
Beloved for its beaches, mild climate, and natural attractions, Kamogawa is a beautiful getaway right outside of Tokyo.
Kamogawa Sea World has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seichoji Temple, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kamogawa Sea World, then identify plant and animal life at Oyama Rice Terraces, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiri Mountain Nihon Temple. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Tainoura, steep yourself in history at Tanjoji, admire the sheer force of Nomizo Falls, then explore and take pictures at Mother Farm, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kamogawa trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Urayasu to Kamogawa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Kamogawa

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyonan-machi, Nomizo Falls, Mother Farm
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai ©
Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai
Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple ©
Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along Fujinomiya Route, walk around Okuniwa Nature Park, then pause for some photo ops at Japan's Highest Peak Fujisan Kengamine Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fuji National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Urayasu to Fuji National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Urayasu in April: high temperatures in Fuji National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Narusawa-mura, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Okuniwa Nature Park ©
Okuniwa Nature Park

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 list of things to see and do now includes Mayuko's Little Kitchen Japanese Cooking Class, Ginza, Hedgehog Cafe HARRY, Harajuku, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder site .

You can drive from Fuji National Park to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Fuji National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping
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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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