18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  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
+2
train + subway + Fly:  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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Naritasan Omote Sando, Semba Boadwalk, Pola Museum of Art, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 8th (Fri), make a trip to Nezu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, then shop like a local with Ginza, and finally admire the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Yukinosita Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kencho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool .

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
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Kyoto (Toji, Kinkaku-ji, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off 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)
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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.
Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Former Naval Academy
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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