23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine as well as Midosuji Street. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Gio-ji Temple. Step out of Osaka to go to Kyoto and see Yoshimine-dera, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum.

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Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Osaka is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect nights in Osaka to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koyasan Danjo Garan
Highlights from your plan
Universal City Walk Osaka ©
Universal City Walk Osaka
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, make a trip to Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Saiko Lake, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Oishi Park, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Nara to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is a bit cooler than Nara - with highs of 28°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake

5
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.
LIXIL Gallery has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Museum-lovers will appreciate Nezu Museum and teamLab Borderless. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Ueno, explore the galleries of KidZania Tokyo, and don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji 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.
You'll explore and learn at Toyama Glass Art Museum and Ochaya Art Museum. Get some historical perspective at Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Step out of Kanazawa to go to Tateyama-machi and see Shomyo Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Shomyo Waterfall, Toyama Glass Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

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 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Sanyo Department Store. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and finally steep yourself in history at Aga Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji driving holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in August since evenings lows in Himeji dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Hiromine Shrine ©
Hiromine Shrine
Aga Shrine ©
Aga Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and then head off the coast to Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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