22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Akita
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  42​h
End: London

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Art Museum. Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) and Hokkaido University Former Sapporo Agricultural School and Library will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Niseko Hanazono Resort in Kutchan-cho (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take an in-depth tour of Fukuzumi Pioneering Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip builder site .

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from London in May since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

2
nights
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, then examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University, and finally stop by Akita Kensanhin Plaza. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Michi no Eki Akita Port, then take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Taihei.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akita road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Akita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect nights in Akita to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Oga, Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno
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Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

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 National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sensō-ji and Minato Mirai 21. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Fly from Akita to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Akita - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Omimaiko Beach and Kodai-ji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Omimaiko Beach
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Himeji Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Koya and Nara Park. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, & more), Koko-en Garden (in Himeji) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Shimada Shoten, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Get outdoors at Mikasahama Beach and Miyajima. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Senjokaku, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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