22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kamakura
— 1 night
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
7
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, stroll around Nikko National Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, and finally stroll around Sanbonmatu Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner .

London, UK to Nikko is an approximately 16.5-hour 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Nikko reach 24°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Shojoken Ovservatory, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kamakura visit app .

You can drive from Nikko to Kamakura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 21st (Thu), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

3
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

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Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey maker site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Torodo Temple). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour planner .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
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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