21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kamakura
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Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Gifu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
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Kaga
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Himeji
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and Todoroki Valley. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hie Jinjya and Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Musashino to see Inokashira Park Zoo about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kansenen Park.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura route builder site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Kamakura, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Nakatsugawa

— 1 night
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nakatsugawa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Nakatsugawa takes 4.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Nakatsugawa are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takayama, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gifu.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Gifu

— 1 night
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gifu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Gifu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, Gifu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Shishiku Park.

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Traveling by car from Gifu to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gifu in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kaga.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kaga

— 1 night
Lying at the foot of one of Japan's holy volcanic mountains, the charming city of Kaga draws visitors with its onsens and lovely temples.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kaga trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kaga in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kaga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site.

Getting from Kaga to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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 10th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ieshima Islands.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): wander the streets of Dotombori District and then stop by Nipponbashi Denden Town. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Visit Asakusa Shrine and University of Tokyo for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Ueno District, get outside with Tokyo Dome City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, and make a trip to Tokyo Skytree.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.