17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
+2
train + Fly + foot:  18​h 15​min
End: Birmingham

4
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 18th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Birmingham, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Tokyo is 9 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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