21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
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Shirakawa
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
8
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
9
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
10
Ise
— 1 night
11
Nara
— 2 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

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 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Miyajima, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Hiroshima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7
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Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
4.7

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then head outdoors with Amore Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic, then take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, then don't miss a visit to The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, and finally get outside with Suma Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Kobe are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions site.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in September, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Trails
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): shop like a local with Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hikudari Kannondo, explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan, then don't miss a visit to Nisshinkan, then contemplate the long history of Sazaedo, and finally make a trip to Byakkotai's Tomb.

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Getting from Osaka to Aizuwakamatsu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, Aizuwakamatsu is little chillier than Osaka - with highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Historic Site
Sazaedo
3.9
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Landmark
Nisshinkan
4.2

1
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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 30th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, take an in-depth tour of Kominejo Catsle History Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and finally walk around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Shirakawa takes 1.5 hours. In September in Shirakawa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Garden
Suirakuen
3.9

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaio-in Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Karuizawa-machi at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Nature · Parks · Golf · Museums

Side Trip

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Water Body
Kumoba Pond
4.2

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Yashimagahara Marsh, then identify plant and animal life at Kirigamine Marshland, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Reijin Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, then get outside with Mt. KItahodaka, and finally stroll around Azumino Chihiro Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto tour builder.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Matsumoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Art Museum
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
2.2

1
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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 7th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Okageza, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise visit planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Ise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in October since evenings lows in Ise dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Religious Site
Ise Grand Shrine
4.7
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Aquarium
Toba Aquarium
4.2
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Landmark
Okage Yokocho
4.2

2
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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
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Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5
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Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4

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