19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning site .

Edinburgh, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Edinburgh to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, expect nights in Hiroshima to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, have some family-friendly fun at Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online holiday maker .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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