21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Narita
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Narita

Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Narita online travel route builder.

Montreal, Canada to Narita is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Narita. Traveling from Montreal in March, expect nights in Narita to be a bit warmer, around 38°F, while days are much warmer, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Narita to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nigatsu-do Temple and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Visit Kofuku-ji Temple and Tenjinzaka for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Walking tours, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. You will leave for Nagoya on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, then browse the different shops at Shopping Avenue Esca, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Midland Square.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get outdoors at Mt. Kurama and Mount Hiei. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip app.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe

— 1 day
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.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Moriya Shop, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kobe online day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Kobe, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse the different shops at Asse and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 7 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Atago Shrine and Sankeien Gardens. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine and Mt. Takao. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki), Hansobo Temple (in Kamakura) and Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kishamichi Promenade, &more). See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and wander the streets of Yanaka District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.