19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 8th (Sun) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get a sense of history and politics at Hong Kong Monetary Authority, step off the mainland to explore Lantau Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple).

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London, UK to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Hong Kong Time is 8 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Hong Kong to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Osaka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka. When traveling from Hong Kong in April, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nara online trip itinerary maker .

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, classes, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Hakone-machi dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Theme Parks Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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