24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hiroshima. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura, Mt. Kuma, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). There's more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit website .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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