23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Numazu
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 7 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Numazu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland, Sankeien Gardens
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then explore the stunning scenery at Keigashima Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Numazu Alps Mountains, then head outdoors with Ita Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihamasaki Cape, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Numazu tour planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Numazu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Numazu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Gempeigawa River, Keigashima Canyon
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Ita Beach
Ita Beach
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Gion, Nijo Castle, &more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Numazu to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Numazu in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, and finally head off the coast to Naoshima. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokuraku-ji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then stop by Naoshima Bath, and finally make a trip to Akakabocha.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho route planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima attractions tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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

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