21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Hamburg

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji. For shopping fun, head to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) or teamLab Borderless. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Yanaka, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Hamburg to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hamburg in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odashirogahara, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikko road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in August, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally look for gifts at Chayahonjin Hotoriya.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi itinerary app .

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 7th (Wed), look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Utatsu, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally get outside with Kanazawa Minami Sports Park Rose Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

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.
Get some historical perspective at Kennin-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Ninna-ji Temple and Kifune-jinja Shrine. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, look for gifts at Naramachi Johokan, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Head to Kamiyacho and Monokoto Storefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Nara to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach, then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then steep yourself in history at Tojinbaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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