21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
3
Ena
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 4 nights

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Tower and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kirigamine Marshland. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, then walk around Azumino Chihiro Park, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Matsumoto Alps Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 21°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ena.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Matsukawa-mura, Kirigamine Marshland
Highlights from your plan
Azumino Chihiro Park ©
Azumino Chihiro Park
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

1
night
Ena

Ena ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Petroglyph at Mt. Kasagiyama, explore the world behind art at Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Iwamura Castle Ruins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwamura Historical Town, then admire the striking features of Former Kimura Residence, and finally contemplate the long history of Katsukawake.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ena online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Ena takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, Ena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ena

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum ©
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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Getting from Ena to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
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 9th (Wed): let little ones run wild at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and then stroll around Ritsurin Garden. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, and then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Takamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kotohira-gu, Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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 11th (Fri): stroll through Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally get outside with Miyajihama Beach. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Takamatsu to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Miyajihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Mt. Inasa. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagasaki Bio Park, Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park

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