21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Tajimi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Tajimi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Nagoya

5
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 teamLab Planets TOKYO, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, and other attractions you added. Hakone Museum of Art and Nezu Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Mt. Mitake in Ome, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ueno, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tajimi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Mt. Mitake, Hakone Museum of Art
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
nights
Tajimi

Tajimi ©
Tajimi is a city located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Get some historical perspective at Inuyama Castle and Henjoin Temple. Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi and Gifuken Gendaitogei Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Tajimi, make a side trip to see Iwamura Historical Town in Ena, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ikeda Machiya Local Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ayabe Utsuwatei, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tajimi Monasteries.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tajimi travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Tajimi takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tajimi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Iwamura Historical Town, Henjoin Temple
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Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi ©
Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Gifuken Gendaitogei Museum ©
Gifuken Gendaitogei Museum

2
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.
You've added Gion, Yasaka Shrine, Konchi-in, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Tajimi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Tajimi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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.
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Venture out of the city with trips to Arima Onsen (in Kita), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Kongobu-ji Temple) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Baths

Side Trips

Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nigatsu-do Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Horyu-ji Temple and Joruri Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Akishinokama, walk around Nara Park, and appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nara trip builder app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tajimi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Joruri Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Tajimi

Tajimi ©
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Ichinokura Sakazuki Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Mino Ceramic Art Museum, Tajimi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Hommachi Oribe Street.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tajimi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nara to Tajimi in 3 hours. When traveling from Nara in September, plan for slightly colder days in Tajimi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Tajimi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall
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The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall ©
The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall
Mino Ceramic Art Museum, Tajimi ©
Mino Ceramic Art Museum, Tajimi
Ichinokura Sakazuki Art Museum ©
Ichinokura Sakazuki Art Museum

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