21 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

21 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Thailand & Japan Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
Fly + Train:  22 h 30 min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  28 h
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States


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4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Gion and Nara Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Asahiyaki (in Uji), Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip builder .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in March, things will get much colder in Kyoto: highs are around 57°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
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 19th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Visit Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Kimono Me. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Pho. On your second day here, shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, and then take a stroll through Khao San Road.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Bangkok takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tokyo to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Bangkok at 94°F and lows at 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market

2
nights
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Railay Beach, then stop by VICTORIA Fashion House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), and then take in the exciting artwork at Dao Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Krabi Town trip planner .

Getting from Bangkok to Krabi Town by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bangkok in March since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary ©
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
PhraNang Cave Beach ©
PhraNang Cave Beach

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Laem Tong Bay, then explore the activities along Maya Bay, and then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Phi Phi Don day trip planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Phi Phi Don in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Ko Phi Phi Don are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): browse the different shops at Jungceylon, kick back and relax at Patong Beach, view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, and finally stop by Dress Men Fashion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): browse the exhibits of Apichart art gallery, view the masterpieces at Patong Inn Art, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Patong, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. March in Patong sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach

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