21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  6​h
2
Anjo
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 5 nights
6
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

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, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool .

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Anjo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Anjo

Anjo ©
Anjō is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 183,217 and a population density of 2,130 persons per km². Venture out of the city with trips to Kuwana (Nabana no Sato & Nagashima Spa Land), Centrair Sky Deck (in Tokoname) and Inuyama (The Museum Meiji-mura, The Little World Museum of Man, & more). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Kariya Highway Oasis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamisaki Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Okazaki Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Anjo journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Anjo takes 4.5 hours. June in Anjo sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Anjo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Inuyama, Kuwana, Kamisaki Shrine, Kariya Highway Oasis, Okazaki Castle
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Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land
The Museum Meiji-mura ©
The Museum Meiji-mura
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, wander the streets of Susukino, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Anjo to Sapporo with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Anjo in June, with highs in Sapporo at 64°F and lows at 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

4
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, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sapporo to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in June: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Kongobu-ji Temple) and Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of subway and train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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