23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2​h
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  5​h 30​min
8
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine as well as Arashiyama. Explore hidden gems such as Mimurotoji Temple and Yodo River Park Sewaritei District. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, Mimurotoji Temple
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rokuen and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kasugayama ©
Kasugayama
Rokuen ©
Rokuen

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kemasakuranomiya Park and Sunset Owl Cafe. Change things up with a short trip to Mt Shosha hiking in Himeji (about 1h 55 min away). There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planning website .

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You'll set off for Nara on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt Shosha hiking
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park
Harukas 300 Observation Deck ©
Harukas 300 Observation Deck

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) in Katsuyama--about 1h 25 min away.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday planning website .

Getting from Nara to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nara in May, with highs in Kanazawa at 26°C and lows at 15°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
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2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 22nd (Fri), get outside with Mt. Kosha, snap pictures at Shibuyu Bridge, then cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, and finally explore the activities along Kido Pond.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi online route planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Kosha
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Mt. Kosha ©
Mt. Kosha
Kido Pond ©
Kido Pond
Shibuyu Bridge ©
Shibuyu Bridge

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido and then hike along Ryushun Fall. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Setoai-kyo Canyon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip planning site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nikko by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Kanazawa in May, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ryushun Fall

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey app .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nikko in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You'll set off for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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