20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip website .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London 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 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Tendaki Falls (in Yabu). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and make a trip to Daisen Outlook.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaga Shrine, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Kuma, Tendaki Falls
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to 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, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima tour builder site .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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

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