21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: London

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and go for a walk through Mountain of the Cross.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from London to Nagasaki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Pond of Peace, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey maker tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

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

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Otsu to see Jishu Shrine about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

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

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Sapporo reach 23°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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