21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Fly:  31​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6​h
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Belleville

4
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, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Belleville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Belleville in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then explore the galleries of Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday planning app .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Nagasaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online tour planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then make a trip to Otemae Street, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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