22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

Manchester, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Manchester to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Bizen (FAN Museum & Mt. Kuma) and Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Tarumino Ozakura, Mt. Takamikura, Awaga Shrine
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and look for gifts at Shimada Shoten.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka attractions tool .

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, make a trip to Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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