21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Visit Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien for their historical value. Head to Ginza Itoya Hontren and Design Festa Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakurayama Sengen Park, &more) and Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kinuta Park, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Hanakomichi, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kametaya Sake Brewery, and then stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Okaya Silk Museum, examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo, then sample the tasty concoctions at Reijin Brewery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Miyasaka Brewery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Matsumoto hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally take a stroll through Ogimachi. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then savor the flavors at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takayama online road trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 3 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, delve into the lush surroundings at Nachi Primeval Forest, examine the collection at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Oshimboku Nagi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Old Nishimura House - Nishimura Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba, don't miss a visit to Kinomatsushima Island, take an in-depth tour of Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Kujirahama Beach, then see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, and finally explore the activities along Kajitorizaki.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in April, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Myoshinji Temple and Chishaku-in. Step off the beaten path and head to Miho Museum and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Yodo River Park Sewaritei District (in Yawata), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kyoto Botanical Garden, and stroll through Shisendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Ekie, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, look for gifts at Monokoto Store, then explore the engaging exhibits at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Miyajima History Folk Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tahoto, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Misenhondo.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Tokyo

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Hozomon, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Roppongi Sakurazaka, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA, then see the interesting displays at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Fire Museum, and finally look for gifts at Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:

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.