21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kamakura
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, walk around Ueno Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Munich, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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 don't miss a visit to Kamakura Komachidori, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and then look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kamakura day trip website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Kamakura hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Odawara Castle
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kamakura in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dotombori District, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. 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
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
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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