21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— Few hours
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kamakura
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then have fun and explore at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route builder app.

Brussels, Belgium to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Himeji sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nishi Honganji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

1
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Nara

Ancient City

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 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, browse for treasures at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

1
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Kyoto

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Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-ji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

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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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the activities along Matsumotojo Park, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Meguro River and Tokyo Dome City. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kanda Myojin and Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindai-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

1
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Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morito Shrine, then get outside with Morito Beach, then stop by Toshimaya Honten, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jōdo-shū Daihonzan Kōmyōji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sugimotodera Temple, then trek along Kamakura Hiking Trails, then contemplate the long history of Inamuragasaki, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Terrace Mall Shonan.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kamakura attractions planning site.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Kamakura hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

1
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Tokyo

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

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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 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at Kanazashi Wood Craft, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the ancient world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, explore the activities along Waketamaike Spring, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kintoki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi online trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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Tokyo

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.