21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Fuji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from London to Osaka, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

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 28th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Yurara no Yu Nara.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara online travel planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Chion-in Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heian Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Fuji

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an exotic tour of Fuji Safari Park, examine the collection at Bernard Buffet Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goryuno Falls. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Jimba Waterfalls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring, and finally head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji tour builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Fuji, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Kakuonji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Sugimotodera Temple. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kamakura Hiking Trails, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaizoji Temple, appreciate the history behind Sugimoto Temple Niomon, and steep yourself in history at Inamuragasaki.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kamakura trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Fuji to Kamakura in 2 hours. In May in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 6 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 Asakusa Shrine and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Let the collections at The National Art Center, Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kiyose to see Kiyose Sunflower Farm about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Hozomon, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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.