23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London


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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bristol, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

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
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 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mt Shosha hiking and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Change things up with a short trip to Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Bise no Warumi, and find something for the whole family at Nago Pineapple Park.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho tour planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, Motobu-cho is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago Pineapple Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Deai Bridge, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Kanazawa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in April, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:
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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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