21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  17​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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa journey site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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: Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Himeji tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Hatsukaichi
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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

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