21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Perth

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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning site .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Tokyo is 1 hour. While traveling from Perth, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle. Higashichaya Old Town and Nagase house are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

Before you visit Kanazawa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Aotama Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Yoneda Taishiji Temple and Old Shizutani School are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Keino Matsubara Beach (in Minamiawaji), Tendaki Falls (in Yabu) and Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en and contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji road trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bizen, Keino Matsubara Beach, Aotama Shrine, Takeda Castle Ruins, Tendaki Falls
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Aotama Shrine ©
Aotama Shrine

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 2nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online road trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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