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:  17​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
6
Nikko
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Himeji trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa sightseeing app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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6
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. Have a day of magic on the 11th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
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 13th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall and then witness the site of a historic battle at Senjogahara Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, stroll around Nikko National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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