21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi

— 1 night
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 12th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Inoue Sake Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and then steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

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Miami, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Hakone-machi is 14 hours. While traveling from Miami, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Universal Studios Japan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and stop by Arashiyama.

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You can fly from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Himeji sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 22nd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Dejima, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and then get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.