21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo 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. Traveling from Dammam in June, you will find days in Tokyo are much colder (79°F), and nights are a bit cooler (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Neagarimatsu, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

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 22nd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

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Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour builder tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

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 25th (Fri): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in June, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 89°F and lows about 81°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

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.