22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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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

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: Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa holiday maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour builder app .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 Himeji's surroundings by going to Takeda Teramachi Street (in Asago), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Himeji day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Tendaki Falls, Takeda Teramachi Street, Kunimi no Mori Park
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
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: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:
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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

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