21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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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). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool.

Gaborone, Botswana to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gaborone to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Gaborone in April, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

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A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Sankaku Market, Otaru Canal, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, meet the residents at Maruyama Zoo, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapporo travel route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 9°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip


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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, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping


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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and visit Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online vacation planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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.

Hokkaido travel guide

Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.


Osaka Prefecture travel guide

Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.