21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive

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6
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Pola Museum of Art. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hakone-machi to see The Hakone Open-Air Museum about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Art Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
4.3

2
nights
Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Nikko Okaki Factory, view the masterpieces at Kousyuuya, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Highlights from your trip
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Must see
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
4.6
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
4.4
©
Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
3.7

5
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kongobu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Koyasan Reihokan Museum), Hanshin Koshien Stadium (in Nishinomiya) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take an in-depth tour of Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Panasonic Museum, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions planning site.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in August, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Must see
Kongobu-ji Temple
4.6
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

2
nights
Toyooka

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gembudo Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nariaiji Temple. On the next day, examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, then kick back and relax at Takeno Coast, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally examine the collection at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyooka trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Osaka to Toyooka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Toyooka, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Takeno Coast ©
Beach
Takeno Coast
4.4
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Historic Walking Area
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
4.5

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Kamogawa River, then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, explore the activities along Otomegaike Pond, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Omimaiko Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary builder website.

Drive from Toyooka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Toyooka in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Mt. Kurama ©
Lookout
Mt. Kurama
4.6
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kyoto Railway Museum
4.4
Miho Museum ©
Art Museum
Miho Museum
4.5

2
nights
Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and then browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then admire the masterpieces at Nara City Museum of Photography, then look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Nara National Museum
Architectural Building
Nara National Museum
4.3
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Religious Site
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6

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