21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Nara
— 1 day
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights

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 Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Senjokaku). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Hiroshima at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
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 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, thenidentify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip maker tool.

Drive from Nara to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Matsumotojo Park, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, thentake a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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