21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Manchester

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Akihabara.

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Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

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You can fly from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
On the 21st (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then head outdoors with Paddle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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.