27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train + bus:  6​h
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Ehime Prefectural Government Office Honkan, Matsuyama Castle, & more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Traveling from London to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
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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

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Mt. Kuma (in Bizen), Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls) and Asago (Awaga Shrine & Takeda Teramachi Street). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Asago, Mt. Kuma, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, & more), Fukube Falls (in Hakusan) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukube Falls
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, stroll around Oishi Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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