22 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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22 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Oita, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
6
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
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 3rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong road trip website .

London, UK to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Hong Kong is 8 hours. In October, Hong Kong is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme 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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and then explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder app .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Hong Kong in October, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Oita, Japan

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tetsudo Shrine, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at JR Oita City, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oita trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tokyo to Oita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. October in Oita sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Beppu
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku

4
nights
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Get out of town with these interesting Kumamoto side-trips: Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Cocosa.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Oita to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

1
day
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Gion. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Odaiba, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, shop like a local with Ginza, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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