21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport

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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and stop by Akihabara.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planning app.

Gaborone, Botswana to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Gaborone to Tokyo. Traveling from Gaborone in April, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

2
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally stop by Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey maker website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

1
night
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 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

2
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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.
On the 21st (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

1
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Koya-cho

On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateriko Shrine, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

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.