21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nagasaki
— 1 night
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

4
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.
Have a day of magic on the 15th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally stroll through Glover Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki visit planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimmaiko Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Himeji are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Shimmaiko Beach, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, look for gifts at Maiko Antiques Kyoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa journey planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi and then don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). On the 30th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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