21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Ise
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hiroshima is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Hiroshima at 32°C and lows at 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 Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
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), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach, and finally make a trip to Ishoan. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, then head outdoors with Royu Driveway, then don't miss a visit to The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, and finally get outside with Suma Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matsue Swimming Beach, Royu Driveway, The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Rokkosan Field Athletic ©
Rokkosan Field Athletic
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kobe in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
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 27th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka journey builder website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hikudari Kannondo, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzuzen, then stop by Aizu Shurakukan, then contemplate the long history of Sazaedo, and finally get great views at Mt Iimori Slope Conveyor.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aizuwakamatsu travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Osaka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in September, things will get little chillier in Aizuwakamatsu: highs are around 27°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Shopping Classes

Side Trip

Hikudari Kannondo
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Tsuruga Castle ©
Tsuruga Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Tokyo planner .

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

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
night
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, play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaio-in Temple.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Karuizawa-machi to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trip

Kaio-in Temple
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Seizan Golf Course ©
Seizan Golf Course

1
night
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 4th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, get outside with Mt. KItahodaka, then get outside with Karasawa Carl, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip builder .

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Matsumoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nagase house, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sampoiwadake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sairin-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakusan.

Make your Shirakawa-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Shirakawa-mura takes 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) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
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): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, examine the collection at Okageza, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Ise trip site .

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Ise by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Ise. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Ise to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 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

Side Trip

Byodoin
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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