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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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 1 night
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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.
On the 20th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Hiroshima. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Ishoan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kobe online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kobe in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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): visit Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Hikudari Kannondo, explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, shop like a local with Suzuzen, look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, and finally get great views at Mt Iimori Slope Conveyor.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Osaka to Aizuwakamatsu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Aizuwakamatsu is slightly colder 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 Tokyo.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Classes · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo

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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 landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tokyo using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, tee off at Seizan Golf Course, 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, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get a bit cooler in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa ©
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, head outdoors with Mt. KItahodaka, then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take in the views from Deai Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nagase house, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sampoiwadake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakusan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura road trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Shirakawa-mura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Okageza, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramatsurinomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ise travel site.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in October, with lows around 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

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara itinerary builder site.

Drive from Ise to Nara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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