21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
flight:  14 h
1
Narita
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

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Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Narita trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Narita is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Montreal in March, expect nights in Narita to be a bit warmer, around 38°F, while days are much hotter, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
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Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine
Gaku-do ©
Gaku-do

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Narita to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping
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Gotokuji Temple ©
Gotokuji Temple
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Kiddy Land Harajuku ©
Kiddy Land Harajuku

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. Tenjinzaka and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Avenue Esca, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally browse the different shops at Midland Square.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planning tool .

Getting from Osaka to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nagoya are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Kennin-ji Temple and Nishi Honganji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Moriya Shop, then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kobe online travel route builder .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Kobe are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

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night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse the different shops at Asse and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Head to Ginza Itoya Hontren and teamLab Borderlessfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine and Kawasaki Daishi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kishamichi Promenade (in Yokohama), Hansobo Temple (in Kamakura) and Naka (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Sankeien Gardens). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, take a stroll through Yanaka, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To plan Tokyo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hansobo Temple, Kawasaki Daishi, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Mt. Takao
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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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