17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning app .

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

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

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and go for a walk through Himeji Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle
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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.
Attractions like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online holiday builder .

Take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Kanazawa is little chillier than Osaka - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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