21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kanazawa is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be little chillier, around 27°C, while days are colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, visit Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online holiday maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Minna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, then get outside with Bisezaki, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nago citizen Beach, then glide through the air with Okinawa Island Crew, then kick back and relax at Anchihama, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach.

Plan my day in Motobu-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island
Minna Beach ©
Minna Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima in 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Sukuji Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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