21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Nakanoshima Park). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Tendaki Falls (in Yabu) and Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Hattoji Furusatomura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, go deep underground at Mikobata Senkojo Mine, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen, Mikobata Senkojo Mine, Tendaki Falls, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Euglena Mall, don't miss a visit to Yaeyama-yashi of Yonehara, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, thenexplore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally stroll around Kabira Park. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple, and then visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki journey planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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