21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Takayama
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Hachioji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Yokohama
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
End: Seoul

6
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Fukui Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Nanto (Ainokura Observatory, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more). There's lots more to do: hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, take in nature's colorful creations at Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura), see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama holiday planner .

Seoul, South Korea to Takayama is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hachioji.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nanto, Hida, Shirakawa-mura, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

4
nights
Hachioji

Hachioji ©
The city of Hachioji, nestled in Western Tokyo's Okutama mountain range, draws visitors with its location, flanked by mountains on three sides and providing easy access to hiking trails.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Fuji 5th Station and Mishima Taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hachioji: Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya), Kakitagawa Park (in Shimizu-cho) and Gempeigawa River (in Mishima). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao, make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hachioji day trip tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Hachioji in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hachioji when traveling from Takayama in March, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hachioji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mishima, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai, Shiraito Falls, Kakitagawa Park
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

5
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as Jogasaki Coast and Kamogawa SeaWorld. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Venetian Glass Museum), Ito (Jogasaki Suspension Bridge, Omuro Mountain Lift, & more) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama vacation site .

You can drive from Hachioji to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hachioji in March since evenings lows in Yokohama dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ito, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Kamogawa Sea World
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo online travel planner .

Tokyo is just a short distance from Yokohama. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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