21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Hamburg

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurume (Kurume Tsubaki Park, Kurume World Camellia Museum, & more) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka day trip app .

Hamburg, Germany to Fukuoka is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Hamburg to Fukuoka. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hamburg in November, with highs in Fukuoka at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurume, Dazaifu
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Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, & more), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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