22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Oita
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: London

4
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.
Let the collections at teamLab Borderless and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan capture your imagination. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Ueno, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Takao
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kamigamo Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shimogamo Jinja and Ninna-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and don't miss a visit to Daigo-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Oita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

3
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yusuhara Hachiman Shrine, make a trip to Takase Stone Budda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasamuta Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Inabake Shimoyashiki, and finally contemplate the long history of Sekizaki Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Usuki Samurai House Streets, get to know the fascinating history of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and finally contemplate the long history of Oita Bank Akarengakan.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oita online trip maker .

Getting from Kyoto to Oita by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Oita are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Usuki
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Sasamuta Shrine ©
Sasamuta Shrine

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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally stroll through Mikasahama Beach. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday builder site .

Traveling by train from Oita to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Hozenji Yokocho. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Hōzen-ji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some historical perspective at Hikawa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakone Museum of Art and The Railway Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art, Lalique Museum Hakone, & more) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). See even more of Tokyo: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Saitama, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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