18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Train:  17 h 30 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chidorigafuchi and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Semba Boadwalk, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip app.

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. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Semba Boadwalk, Pola Museum of Art, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally explore the world behind art at teamLab Borderless. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Yukinosita Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip website.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

5
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu), Kyoto (Toji, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, &more) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori, buy something for everyone on your list at Crost, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Former Naval Academy
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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