19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajima.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Another option is to drive. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Osaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

3
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, outdoors, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, make a trip to Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect Kanazawa to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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