21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  18​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Jeddah

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Jeddah to Hiroshima, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Hiroshima is cooler than Jeddah - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Mt. Kuma), Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area (in Yabu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Himeji sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, Kunimi no Mori Park
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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 DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Kanazawa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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