22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Leeds
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  19​h
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  19​h 30​min
End: Leeds

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Leeds, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Leeds to Kyoto. In August, Kyoto is warmer than Leeds - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Gokayama, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Gokayama
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Narukawa Art Museum, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, and take in the dramatic scenery at Haha no Shirataki Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder tool .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Kenshin Falls, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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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
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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip maker app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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