21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Yokohama
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Kobe
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler 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

5
nights
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 Yokohama's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Susukino (in Sapporo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama route maker tool .

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. March in Yokohama sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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): go for a walk through Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road and then take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), steep yourself in history at 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.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hakone-machi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Yokohama to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Yokohama, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 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

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and make a trip to Okonomimura.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima journey builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up 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
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koyasan Okunoin, Gyoja no Taki
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Start 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.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. 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

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Uzu no Michi
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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