21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h
9
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  3​h
10
Yufu
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
11
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
12
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
End: Kagoshima

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ueno Park as well as Odaiba. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji and then stroll around Ueno Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take a stroll through Odaiba and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nagoya TV Tower, Nagoya Castle and Osu Shopping Street. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

Find out how to plan Nagoya trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. November in Nagoya sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses as well as Harada Sake Brewery. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then wander the streets of Gion, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planning site .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
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've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To plan Osaka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kobe online trip builder .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Kofuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba) and then stop by Shimada Shoten.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka journey builder site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yufu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©

1
night
Yufu

Yufu
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Yufu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Onino Sentakuita and then don't miss a visit to Tachibana Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Airplane Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, then examine the collection at Hyuga Shinwakan, and finally head off the coast to Aoshima Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yufu to Miyazaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, make a trip to Tenmonkan, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Kagoshima online route planner .

You can take a train from Miyazaki to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Spas Baths Museums

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

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