21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Yokohama
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 2 nights

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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.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Susukino (in Sapporo) and Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, walk around Yamashita Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Susukino, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, Enoshima Island
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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Hakone-machi

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 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai. On the next day, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Yokohama in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Kyoto hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Gyoja no Taki, Koyasan Okunoin
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara online vacation builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Uzu no Michi
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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