21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Ena
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Tower. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In March, Tokyo is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and then stroll through Kirigamine Marshland. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, then walk around Azumino Chihiro Park, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Matsumoto Alps Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Ena.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ena

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Petroglyph at Mt. Kasagiyama, admire the masterpieces at Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Iwamura Castle Ruins, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwamura Historical Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Kimura Residence, and finally contemplate the long history of Katsukawake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ena visit planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Ena in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ena when traveling from Matsumoto in March, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ena

Historic Sites · 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.
Kids will enjoy Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Universal Studios Japan. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ena to Kyoto takes 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): have fun at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and then stroll through Ritsurin Garden. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, and then examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Takamatsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally kick back and relax at Miyajihama Beach. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Fukuoka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. March in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Nagasaki Peace Park. When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Nagasaki Bio Park in Saikai, approximately Saikai away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and cool off at Takahama Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.