21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Saskatoon, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Saskatoon to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saskatoon in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, and finally step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Kamakura hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kamakura in April since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji attractions planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kaidan-do, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joju-in Temple, see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, make a trip to Koyasan Station, then relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.