21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner
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Fly
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto — 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kinkaku-ji and Ginkakuji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Gion.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Kyoto reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Himeji — 1 night

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 11th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally make a trip to Nigiwai Koryu Hiroba.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Family-friendly places like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Miyama Shrine, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning site.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 6 nights

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Bring the kids along to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom. Venture out of the city with trips to Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashinoko, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, &more) and Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) (in Fujiyoshida). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Odawara Castle.

Before you visit Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 3 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.
Samurai Museum has been added to your itinerary. Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel planning app.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to home.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

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.
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