24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  16 h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Kobe
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Shizuoka
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Yokohama
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get some historical perspective at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara. Visiting Miyajihama Beach and Nokonoshima Island will get you outdoors. When in Fukuoka, make a side trip to see Komyozen-ji Temple in Dazaifu, approximately Dazaifu away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, go for a walk through Ohori Park, and visit Nishijin Shopping District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Fukuoka is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Miyajihama Beach, Nijino Matsubara
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Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple

5
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Kobe Harborland. Visit Todai-ji Temple and Byodoin for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and cool off at Dekapathos.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kobe day trip tool.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kobe by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Kobe sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

8
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Perry Road. Take a break from the city and head to Tatadohama Beach and Tagosehama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kakitagawa Park (in Shimizu-cho), Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho) and Atami Sun Beach (in Atami). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ose Beach, explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahama Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shizuoka holiday planning app.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Shizuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shimoda, Mount Fuji, Kakitagawa Park, Yumigahama Beach, Atami Sun Beach
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach

7
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Visit Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Zushi Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Yokohama: Tokyo National Museum (in Uenokoen), Tokyo Tower (in Shibakoen) and Odaiba (in Daiba). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Shizuoka to Yokohama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo, Kamakura, Zushi Beach
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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