21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, parks, shopping, religious sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip generator.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jakarta in October, plan for colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 30th (Mon), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, get answers to all your questions at Owaku-dani Valley, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Open Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then admire the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, then get some fabulous bargains at GOTEMBA PREMIUM OUTLETS®, and finally make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, browse the eclectic array of goods at Omicho Market, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, get advice or help at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tōdai-ji, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wakakusa Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shorenji, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara custom trip planner.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. November in Nara sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nabari
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 12th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Awaji Highway Oasis.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Awaji Highway Oasis, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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