21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
11
Sendai
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
End: Tokyo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sagano, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

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Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Yoshikien, thenadmire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara tour planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Osaka on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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 discover tucked-away gems like Kids Plaza Osaka and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stroll around Nakanoshima Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Motoyasu River. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound ©
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Hakata Port Tower, see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, stroll around Momochi Seaside Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, thenview the masterpieces at ARTIUM, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Hakata History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, thenwalk around Yusentei Park, and finally go for a walk through Ohori Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yusentei Park ©
Yusentei Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum ©
OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, contemplate the long history of Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, thenget impressive views of Sakurajima, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Tsukiyomi Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Temmonkan Mujyaki, thentake an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, thentest the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel route planning app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Aso and Shimada Museum of Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kumamoto: Minamiaso-mura (Ikenokawa Suigen & Mt. Tawara) and Aso (Aso Mizuki Meguri, Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aso, Minamiaso-mura, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso
Shimada Museum of Arts ©
Shimada Museum of Arts

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World umino-nakamichi, stroll through Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eko-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, thenstroll around Maizuru Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island
Marine World umino-nakamichi ©
Marine World umino-nakamichi
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

1
night
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.
To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, get to know the resident critters at Selcohome Zoo Paradise Yagiyama, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, walk around Tsutsujigaoka Park, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, thenget engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sendai itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

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