21 days in Japan & Italy Itinerary

21 days in Japan & Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Japan & Italy Itinerary

Start: Napier, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 8 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Napier, New Zealand


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5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Sensō-ji and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planning site .

Napier, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Galleria Borghese and Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Roman Forum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome journey builder app .

You can fly from Tokyo to Rome in 17 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

8
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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