21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Ise
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Glasgow

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, wander the streets of Akihabara, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Tokyo is 9 hours. When traveling from Glasgow in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 35°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Nanko Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, then make a trip to Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally stroll through Nishinosato Promenade. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shirakawa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shirakawa takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in July, with highs in Shirakawa at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, get in on the family fun at Shima Spain Village Parque Espana, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Okage Yokocho, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Meotoiwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shirakawa to Ise. Traveling from Shirakawa in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hotel Shima Spain Mura
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Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura

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.
On the 24th (Tue), shop like a local with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Ise to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ise in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, parks, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Aoshima Shrine, head off the coast to Aoshima Island, then get great views at Sunmesse Nichinan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Udo Jingū Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Aoshima Bypass Outbound Parking Observation Deck, go for a stroll along the water at Nichinan Coast, then take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass, and finally stroll through Onino Sentakuita.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Miyazaki trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nichinan
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Nichinan Coast ©
Nichinan Coast

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