21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Bus to Detroit, Fly to Chūbu Centrair
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, visit Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning website.

Windsor, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Windsor to Osaka. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Windsor in April: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji road trip site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

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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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

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Kanazawa

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 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.