23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head off the coast to Hashima Island, kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Folk History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thenwalk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Tatematsuru, wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, contemplate the long history of Dojindo, thensteep yourself in history at Glover Garden, thensee the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nagasaki using our trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Nagasaki is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect Nagasaki to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more), Kuromatsu Beach (in Gotsu) and Oda (Thermal Spas, Kotogahama Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, kick back and relax at Mochiishi Seacoast, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and get outside with Iwami Tatamigaura Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima visit planning tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Oda, Kuromatsu Beach, Iwami Tatamigaura Beach, Mochiishi Seacoast
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, thencontemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Sakuramon Bridge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, thenget outside with Mt Shosha hiking, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iida Ebisu Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji tour planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Himeji, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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 10th (Tue): wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, thenstop by Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse for treasures at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, thenstroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Nara Family, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tegaimon, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nara itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Ginkakuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Asahiyaki (in Uji), Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Nagoya) and Nagashima Spa Land (in Kuwana). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, stroll around Yodoryokuchi Park, stop by Sakae, and get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagoya, Asahiyaki, Nagashima Spa Land
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Senso-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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