19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Atami
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h
9
Naha
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Zamami-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: London

3
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.
You've now added Robot Restaurant to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Odaiba are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Tokyo National Museum and Meiji Jingu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder app .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Atami

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Former Hyuga Bettei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, and finally kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Atami online travel route builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Atami in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Atami are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja as well as Fujiyama Onsen. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, stroll through Arakurayama Sengen Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, then test the waters at Fujiyama Onsen, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fujiyoshida route builder tool .

Drive from Atami to Fujiyoshida in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Fujiyoshida are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Shiraito Falls
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

3
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 Nishiki Market as well as The Bamboo Forest Trail. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
day
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 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara travel route planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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.
Shinsekai has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Shinsekai, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip app .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in June, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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hours
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.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Itsukushima Shrine, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

few
hours
Naha

Naha
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naha online itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Naha in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in June; daily highs in Naha reach 34°C and lows reach 30°C. You will leave for Zamami-son on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Tours
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nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
You've now added Zamami Island to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokashiki History and Folklore Museum and Ibinume Shrine. Visiting Aharen Beach and Nishibama Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Furuzamami Beach, make a trip to Statue of Maririn, enjoy the sand and surf at Tokashiku Beach, and take in the views from Aka Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zamami-son trip builder app .

Drive from Naha to Zamami-son in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Tokyo. Traveling from Zamami-son in June, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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