21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Hakodate
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Aomori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Akita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Fukushima
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sendai
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Yokohama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
11
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
12
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
13
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  45​min
14
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  45​min
15
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
16
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 26th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakodate travel website .

London, UK to Hakodate is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hakodate. In May, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and then stroll around Odori Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sapporo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, and finally don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Aomori in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect nights in Aomori to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Showa Daibutsu ©
Showa Daibutsu

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Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Omoriyama Zoo, explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, go for a walk through Turret of Kubota Castle, then appreciate the history behind Our Lady of Akita, and finally get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Akita road trip site .

You can drive from Aomori to Akita in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Akita sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Akita

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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Omoriyama Zoo ©
Omoriyama Zoo
Our Lady of Akita ©
Our Lady of Akita
Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno ©

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Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Marusei Orchard, then admire the verdant scenery at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, and then explore the activities along Bikki Numa.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fukushima driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Akita to Fukushima in 4.5 hours. May in Fukushima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Fukushima

Nature Parks
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Marusei Orchard ©
Marusei Orchard

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night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, then get your game on at Icerink Sendai, and then take in breathtaking views at Okunikkawa Ravine.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fukushima to Sendai takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Fukushima in May, plan for slightly colder days in Sendai, with highs around 21°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Nature Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): wander the streets of Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Sendai to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll around Yamashita Park, admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sojiji, then get all the information you need at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Takanashi Milk Rose Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip builder app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Yokohama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Sojiji
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Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo ©
Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Sojiji ©
Sojiji

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night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Yokohama in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

Plan my trip to Nagoya with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, you will find days in Nagoya are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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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 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 8th (Mon), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

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

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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 10th (Wed): wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Akashi National Government Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kobe route planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Akashi National Government Park ©
Akashi National Government Park
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 11th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Kobe to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Okayama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest ©
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then make a trip to Miyajima, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 14th (Sun), let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park and then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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