21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 day
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
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Nagano
Drive
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Matsumoto
Drive
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Nagano
— 1 night
Train
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Toyama
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumano
— 1 night
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Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Katsuura
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Katsuura
— 1 night
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Osaka
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba District and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour travel. You can also fly. Traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kawaguchi

— 1 day
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warabi Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchi Green Center, and finally take in the views from Yatatebashi Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kawaguchi trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Tokyo to Kawaguchi in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Kawaguchi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Tokyo takes an hour. You will leave for Nagano on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Nagano

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and then get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagano tour builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Nagano sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 4th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nagano

— 1 night
On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagano sightseeing website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums

Toyama

The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle, and then browse the different shops at Kitokito Ichiba Toya Marche.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Toyama online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Nagano to Toyama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Toyama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, stop by Sanmachi Suji, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally examine the collection at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Toyama to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kyoto International Manga Museum will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Nara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa Pond. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie and then get engrossed in the history at Karako Kagi Archaeology Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nara day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho

— 1 night
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nara to Shirahama-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kumano

— 1 night
For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kumano planning tool.

You can drive from Shirahama-cho to Kumano in 3 hours. August in Kumano sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C at night. You will leave for Katsuura on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Katsuura

— 1 night
Katsuura is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.As of February 2010, the city has an estimated population of 20,570 and the population density of 218 persons per km². On the 13th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Market, then contemplate the long history of Tanjoji, then take in the dramatic scenery at Awamatanotaki Waterfall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moriya Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Katsuura sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kumano to Katsuura. Traveling from Kumano in August, expect nights in Katsuura to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Katsuura

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Minami (Namba), then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katsuura to Osaka. When traveling from Katsuura in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.