Best 3-Week Itinerary for Japan

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Japan is a getaway of dreams. Everything from contemporary towns to stunning natural areas and ancient shrines can be found in Japan. It's a distinct world, and three weeks is the ideal time for exploring Japan's most famous sights and some lesser-known gems. This three-week itinerary for Japan should encourage you to finally buy those flights or assist you in organizing a trip there. Let us begin our journey from Tokyo to Miyajima Island!

Day 1-5: Tokyo

Tokyo is where we begin our three weeks in Japan. Although Haneda is much closer to the city center than Narita, both Tokyo runways are easily accessible. On the first day of your stay in Tokyo, explore the Shibuya crossing, the Hachiko monument, and the Harajuku, Purikura, and Harajuku crêpe shops. On your second day, visit Meiji Shrine and Ikebukuro. You are advised to visit Asakusa and Akihabara on your third day in Tokyo, and Koto on your fourth. And lastly, Roppongi and Tokyo Tower on your final day in Tokyo.

Day 6: Mount Fuji

A journey to the famous Mount Fuji is a must on any itinerary visiting Japan. Although Mount Fuji is depicted on postcards and revered in Japan, it is challenging to view in person. The thing that makes Mount Fuji so unique is that it's hard to come by and is typically shrouded in clouds. Remember to bring your regional passes with you.

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From Tokyo's Shinjuku Station, ride the JR Chuo Line to Otsuki Station (around 2500 yen for an immediate restricted express train or approximately 100 minutes for regional trains with one transfer). Travel to Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyu Railway Line from Otsuki. Between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko, the Japan Rail Pass and other JR tickets are not accepted. Now, from Ogino, walk for around thirty-five minutes to the Ubuyagasaki Shrine by Kawaguchiko Bridge to take some breathtaking pictures of Mt. Fuji.

Day 7: Nikko

On day-7, you will be spending a few days away from Tokyo, but we will be lodging in the same hotel. Sleeping in the same hotel for a single night makes living simpler than shifting your belongings to a different place.

Day 8: Nagano

On day-8, you must take a vacation to Nagano Prefecture to see the Japanese Alps. You will travel through Nagano City, the tallest prefectural headquarters in Japan, and then stroll to Yudanaka, a hamlet recognized for its hot springs, where you may observe the famous winter monkeys at Jigokudani Yaen Koen.

Day-9: Hakone

In your one-day stay at Hakone, you may check out Hakone Shrine, Onsen, Hakone Open-Air Museum, and Owakudani.

Day 10-13: Kyoto

With a total of 1600 temples and shrines, the most beautiful artistic endeavors in Japan, and stunning scenery, Kyoto has a lot of things to offer visitors. On day-10, you may see Gion and Maruyama Park; on the next day, you may walk through a bamboo forest; and on day 12th, eat in Nishiki Market and hike the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Finally, on the last day, see the best shrines and temples.

Day 14: Nara

Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in this charming, tiny medieval town, Japan's first capital. Ensure to visit Kōfuku-ji, Isuien Garden, Todai-ji, Kasuga-Taisha, and Nara Deer Park while in Nara.

Day 15-21: Yoshino, Osaka, Himeji Castle, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Miyajima Island

When you're in Yoshino, visit Yoshimizu Shrine and Kinpusenji Temple. Next, visit Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, and Dotonbori in Osaka. On day-18, explore Himeji Castle, followed by Kobe, Hiroshima, and Miyajima Island.

That brought an end to this suggested itinerary for the three weeks in Japan. Hopefully, it will be beneficial for you in organizing a productive and pleasant visit to this fantastic nation.

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