21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Thessaloniki
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Nikko
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Thessaloniki

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asakusa as well as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Appreciate the collections at Nezu Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Kokyo Gaien National Garden are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Minoyama Park (in Minano-machi) and Poppy Happy Square (in Konosu). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka, identify plant and animal life at Terasaka Rice Terraces, and make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning site .

Thessaloniki, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Thessaloniki to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Poppy Happy Square, Minoyama Park, Terasaka Rice Terraces, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker site .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Nishinomiya Shrine, Arima Onsen
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planning site .

Getting from Osaka to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then get outside with Odashirogahara, and finally stop by Nikko Okaki Factory. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, then steep yourself in history at Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip tool .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Nikko are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nasu Highlands
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple

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