19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Meguro River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Landmark Tower & Sky Garden), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, and get advice or help at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. 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

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Fujiyoshida, Musashino, Kawasaki
Find places to stay May 6 — 11:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meguro River ©
Meguro River

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning app.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

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): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, stroll around Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, then stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, then admire the natural beauty at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), don't miss a visit to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then take in nature's colorful creations at Ashiya Rock Garden, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, and finally walk around Shukugawa Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe online journey planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Awaji, Shukugawa Park, Ashiya Rock Garden, Mukogawa Valley, Amore Beach
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peace Bell and JMSDF Kure Museum. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Daishoin Temple in Hatsukaichi, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the striking features of Peace Clock Tower, and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

JMSDF Kure Museum, Daishoin Temple
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, then walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then stroll around Nakashimagawa Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki day trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck

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