21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
7
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
8
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
9
Sapporo
— 3 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey maker app.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka vacation builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, thentake in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, thenwander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, thengain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in July, you will find days in Kobe are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, thenexamine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 31st (Fri), stop by AEON MALL Miyazaki, kick back and relax at Aoshima Beach, stroll through Onino Sentakuita, head off the coast to Aoshima Island, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Hyuga Shinwakan. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Sunmesse Nichinan, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyazaki driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Nagasaki to Miyazaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nichinan, Udo Shrine
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Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, and then don't miss a visit to American Village.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miyazaki to Okinawa City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, American Village, Cape Zampa
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Southeast Botanical Gardens ©
Southeast Botanical Gardens
Scuba & Snorkeling
American Village ©
American Village

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Sapporo is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Odori Park, get outside with Maruyama Genshirin, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Sapporo. In August, daytime highs in Sapporo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building ©

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