22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect nights in Hiroshima to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour planning tool .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Shojigataki Falls
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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. There's still lots to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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