21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Fly
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Fukuoka
— 1 day
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Motomiya Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, head off the coast to Hashima Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Magome Catholic Church, and finally stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki online tour planner.

Berlin, Germany to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Fukuoka

— 1 day

City of Yatai

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 13th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then stroll through Ohori Park, and finally walk around Maizuru Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Fukuoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tobita Shinchi, Pinpoint Traveler, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then stop by Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at Pinpoint Traveler, stop by Shimada Shoten, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then learn the tricks of the trade with Eat Osaka, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Akiba Kart Osaka.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Mt. Koya has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 24th (Sun), trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, walk around Gora Park, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.