21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Uji
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  8​h
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mount Koyasan). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Harbor Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Manila to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in June, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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 23rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Miwa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder tool .

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uji.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mount Miwa
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the activities along Uji River and then steep yourself in history at Byodoin.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Uji road trip planning app .

Uji is very close to Nara. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Uji, with lows of 22°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Uji River ©
Uji River
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. There's much more to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Uji. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like KidZania Koshien and Kobe Animal Kingdom. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Kokoen Garden & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, admire all the interesting features of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, and make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planning app .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Himeji
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
KidZania Koshien ©
KidZania Koshien
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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