21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kamakura
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Munich

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Munich, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then make a trip to Kamakura Komachidori, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle, then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and then look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Odawara Castle
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online attractions planner .

Take a train from Kamakura to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kamakura in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Dotonbori, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online journey planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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