21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning app.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dammam to Tokyo. While traveling from Dammam, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and finally stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online journey planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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: Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

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 24th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Himeji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) 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 Apr 23 — 24:

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 25th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.