21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Himeji is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Zurich in September, you will find days in Himeji are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway & The Hakone Open-Air Museum), Odaki Medaki Fall (in Doshi-mura) and Sunset Falls (in Minamiashigara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi holiday maker tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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