21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Guadalajara

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Tokyo. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning app .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nara vacation planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Take a train from Nara to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Tsumagojuku, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Walking Trail, contemplate the long history of Magome-juku, then take in the views from Momosuke Bridge, and finally walk around Tempaku Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Waki-honjin Okuya, get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then trek along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Otsumago, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotoku-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagiso-machi driving holiday website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Nagiso-machi. Traveling from Hiroshima in September, things will get slightly colder in Nagiso-machi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Nakatsugawa
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Walking Trail
Tsumagojuku ©
Tsumagojuku

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Takayama journey planner.

Getting from Nagiso-machi to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary website .

Getting from Takayama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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