21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto — 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

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Lyon, France to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Himeji — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. On the next day, stroll through Matsue Swimming Beach, then contemplate the long history of Kyu Hatosaki Torodo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Kamakura.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Kamakura — 2 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

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Fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Tokyo — 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Asakusa, and stop by Ginza.

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Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 22:

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.