24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

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

4
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 Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip maker site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get little chillier in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Bizen (Mt. Kuma & FAN Museum), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji journey tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Takamikura, Shikoku Mura Village
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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 out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

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

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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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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