21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app.

Moscow, Russia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in May: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 13th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). 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 Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, stop by Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, and sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.