21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Okinawa City
— 5 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Tokyo — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba District and Asakusa Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Kyoto — 5 nights

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 Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Tenryuji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Nara — 1 night

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.
You've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): walk around Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Okinawa City.
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Wildlife · Parks
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Okinawa City — 5 nights

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama and Shirumichu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Oodomari Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Okinawa City: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Minna Beach, &more), Nago (Nago citizen Beach & Busena Beach) and Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground (in Ikei-jima). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Kiya, and head outdoors with Toguchi Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Okinawa City vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Okinawa City takes 38 hours. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 7th (Mon).
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Tokyo — 6 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno District and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kagurazaka and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Fujiko F Fujio Museum (in Kawasaki). See some other sides of Tokyo: visit Yanaka District, wander the streets of Akihabara, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Okinawa City to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Sun).
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Side Trips
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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