19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  5 h 30 min
5
Ichinoseki
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara as well as Asakusa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ueno and Kokyo Gaien National Garden. And it doesn't end there: stop by Odaiba, wander the streets of Ginza, and appreciate the views at Todoroki Valley.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Ueno ©
Ueno
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then take a stroll through Kamiyacho, and finally browse the different shops at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Kitashinchi. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Modern Transportation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, examine the collection at Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station, and contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Daigo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation site.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Ichinoseki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

2
nights
Ichinoseki

Ichinoseki ©
Ichinoseki is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan., the city had a population of 120,008 and a population density of 95.5 persons per km2 in 46,338 households. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibainengezan Enzu Shoho Temple, examine the collection at Stone and Kenji Museum, appreciate the views at Geibikei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Sakenominzoku Culture Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ichinoseki trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kyoto to Ichinoseki. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Ichinoseki hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ichinoseki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho, Daibainengezan Enzu Shoho Temple, Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Asakusa to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ichinoseki to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Ichinoseki in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Asakusa has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum ©

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