44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 10 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Takamatsu
— 8 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Train:  17 h
End: London

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Odawara Kokian (in Odawara), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Keigashima Canyon (in Susono). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday website.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Odawara Kokian, Sankeien Gardens
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 14:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

10
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nagoya (Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, Tokugawa Art Museum, &more), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Shimin Fureai no Sato (in Osakasayama). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya, Osaka, Himeji, Suita, Sakai
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

9
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: Saiku Heian no Mori (in Meiwa-cho), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum & Ise Grand Shrine). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, make a trip to Kinpusenji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Takaminosato, Saiku Heian no Mori, Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb
Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 3:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

8
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more), Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Nogi Museum) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, explore the striking landscape at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Takamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takamatsu, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Okayama, Tokushima, Kochi, Tonosho-cho, Kurashiki
Find places to stay May 3 — 11:
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Shishiiwa Tenbodai), Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Takamatsu to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kosanji Temple
Find places to stay May 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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