38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: London
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  17 h
1
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Fuji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: London

6
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: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Kintaikyo Bridge
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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

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka route site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Byodoin (in Uji), Wazuka-cho (Ishitera Tea Plantation & Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms) and Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum, Ise Grand Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate the long history of Kuriyama Family Residence, explore the stunning scenery at Osugi Canyon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nara tour builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Wazuka-cho, Hase-dera Temple, Takaminosato, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nagoya (Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, Tokugawa Art Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in March, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Venture out of the city with trips to Kusushi Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum (in Fujieda). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten, play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fuji sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fuji, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mount Fuji, Numazu Alps Mountains, Kazurayama Castle Ruins, Gempeigawa River
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Kusushi Shrine ©
Kusushi Shrine

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Samuraikibun Kamakura & Kōtoku-in), Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History (in Odawara) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, walk around Ueno Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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