29 days in United Kingdom & Japan Itinerary

29 days in United Kingdom & Japan Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Izumo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kure, Japan
Ferry
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 6 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary tool.

Bristol to London is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in London can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in London

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planning site.

Getting from London to Tokyo by flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Izumo, Japan

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, then admire the striking features of Izumotaisha mae Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Izumo itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Izumo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kure.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Kure, Japan

The port city of Kure possesses a rich history of shipbuilding, and has served as a major naval base since the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameyama Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kure trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Izumo to Kure takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kure are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kure

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Kure to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Osaka, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Sagano, Bamboo Forest Street, &more), Takenomichi (in Muko) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eko-in Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Nara, Japan

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Byodoin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, walk around Nara Park, then contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nara driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Takayama, Japan

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour planner.

You can drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in May, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Takayama. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Tokyo, Japan

— 8 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Saiko Lake & Lake Kawaguchi), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Enjoy Tokyo some more: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 10:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.