19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sankeien Gardens and Kencho-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and make a trip to Hozomon.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sankeien Gardens
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nishi Honganji. Explore hidden gems such as Shimogamo Jinja and Gio-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally stop by Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then steep yourself in history at Minatogawa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genko-ji Temple, walk around Maiko Park, contemplate the long history of Goshikizuka Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suma-dera, and finally make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip builder.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Kobe are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Minatogawa Shrine ©
Minatogawa Shrine
Suma-dera ©
Suma-dera
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Seishin Tsurui, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Grave of Shunkansozu.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Catholic Nakamachi Church ©
Catholic Nakamachi Church

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