21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Takao and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. teamLab☆Planets and The National Art Center, Tokyo will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, don't miss a visit to University of Tokyo, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner.

Reno, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Reno to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Reno in November since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Sanada House, get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Imori Pond, take in the dramatic scenery at Naena Falls, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Minochi Soja Hiyoshidai Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nagano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Nagano when traveling from Hakone-machi in November, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum ©
Naena Falls ©
Naena Falls

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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.
Spas and Shimogamo Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Mount Hiei and Hero Tour Japan will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Honen-in, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Nanzenji Suirokaku.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nagano to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. Traveling from Nagano in November, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Spas
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Kids Plaza Osaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Onsen Resorts (in Kobe), Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, stroll around Nakanoshima Park, and don't miss a visit to Umeda Sky Building.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryokoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then stop by Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Muryokoin ©
Muryokoin
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo

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