19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sankeien Gardens and Nezu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and make a trip to Hozomon.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Must see
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5
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Must see
Nezu Shrine
4.4
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Must see
Engaku-ji Temple
4.4

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Shimogamo Jinja and Jojakkoji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3
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Religious Site
Kennin-ji Temple
4.6
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Historic Site
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
4.4

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally stop by Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6
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Garden
Isuien Garden
4.3

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then steep yourself in history at Minatogawa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genko-ji Temple, walk around Maiko Park, contemplate the long history of Goshikizuka Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suma-dera, and finally make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip builder.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Kobe are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Architectural Building
Minatogawa Shrine
4.1
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Religious Site
Suma-dera
4.3

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Seishin Tsurui, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Daishoin Temple
4.6
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Must see
Mitaki Temple
4.8

2
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Grave of Shunkansozu.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Garden
Glover Garden
4.1
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Historic Site
Suwa Shrine
4.3
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World heritage site
Shitsu Church
4.4

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