21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Yokohama
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

4
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.
Visiting Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno Zoo will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary app .

Chennai (Madras), India to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai (Madras) to Tokyo is 3 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chennai (Madras) in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Get in touch with nature at Atami Sun Beach and Mount Omuro. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hase-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)), Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Omuro Mountain Lift (in Ito). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Chinatown, don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, stroll through Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', and admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online route planner .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Ito, Atami Sun Beach
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Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
We've included these beaches for you: Meotoiwa and Sakushima. Let the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Tokugawa Art Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Kuwana (Nagashima Spa Land & Nabana no Sato) and Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Yamazaki River, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, and wander the streets of Sakae.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya online holiday maker .

You can take a train from Yokohama to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kuwana, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Saku-shima, Meotoiwa
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route maker .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nara Park and Dotonbori. Get outdoors at Mount Koyasan and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara, Mt. Koya
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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