21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Mishima
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
9
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Geneva

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takao and Kiyose Sunflower Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Poppy Happy Square (in Konosu), Minoyama Park (in Minano-machi) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, and don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey site .

Geneva, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Geneva in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minoyama Park, Naritasan Omote Sando, Mt. Takao, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Mishima on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mt. Mitsutoge ©
Mt. Mitsutoge
Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery

few
hours
Mishima

Mishima
Mishima is a city located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.The city, which covers an area of 62.02sqkm, had an estimated population in December 2016 of 109,872, giving a population density of 1,772 persons per km2.GeographyMishima is located in far eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, at the northern end of Izu Peninsula and in the foothills of Mount Fuji.Surrounding municipalitiesShizuoka PrefectureNumazuSusonoKannamiShimizuNagaizumiHakoneClimateMishima has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. On the 27th (Fri), walk around Yamanaka Castle Remains Park and then identify plant and animal life at Kannami Cherry Blossom Trees.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mishima online road trip planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Mishima by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Mishima, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mishima

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kannami Cherry Blossom Trees

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ninna-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji), Miho Museum (in Koka) and Ishiyamadera Temple (in Otsu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

You can drive from Mishima to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mishima in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Ishiyamadera Temple, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and then examine the collection at Mazda Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online road trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the galleries of Mint Museum, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online trip builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
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 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, take a stroll through Sanjodori Street, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning app .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off toHimeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
Himeji

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 4th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 5th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo and then take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Meguro River and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Maritime Research Institute, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo

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