22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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 (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Hiroshima at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Asago, Kunimi no Mori Park, Hattoji Furusatomura, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama Jinya (in Takayama). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Takayama Jinya, Kuroshima Area
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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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

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