21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h 45​min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. On your second day here, get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Hakone-machi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Hakone-machi is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 5°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then walk around Odori Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sapporo itinerary planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around -3°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, get outside with Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Takayama driving holiday app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Takayama takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Takayama: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
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 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Nabana no Sato
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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