21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  4​h
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Enoshima Island, Akihabara, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

2
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine as well as Chureito Pagoda. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and then make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fuji trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Fuji, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for Kyoto on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Fuji

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida
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Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Gion, and other attractions you added.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route maker tool .

You can take a train from Fuji to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kuchu Teien Observatory, Isshinji Temple, Keitaku-en Garden, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Shinsekai, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), take in nature's colorful creations at Keitaku-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Isshinji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka vacation builder app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), you're off toNara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waterfall of Mino
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall of Mino ©
Waterfall of Mino
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
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.
To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara route website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
Osaka

Osaka
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Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Koyasan Daimon, Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for Himeji on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shoshazan Engyoji, Koko-en Garden and Himeji Castle. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple, teamLab Planets TOKYO and Odaiba.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple ©
Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple

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