18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  17 h
End: London

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read 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. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, National Museum of Japanese History
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Shojigataki Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya), Ojiragawa Valley (in Hokuto) and Mt. Ishiwari (in Yamanakako-mura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kai Komagatake.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokuto, Chubu, Fujinomiya Route, Mt. Ishiwari, Mt. Mano
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara Park (in Nara), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Panasonic Museum (in Kadoma). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Asahiyaki, Panasonic Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura and then get outside with Mt Shosha hiking. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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