19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  15 h
End: London

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more), Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Kobe (Kobe Oji Zoo & Catholic Kobe Chuo Church). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get your game on at The Silver Ball Planet, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka route maker.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara, Kobe
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Otsu to see Jishu Shrine about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and stop by Gion.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Explore Fujiyoshida's surroundings by going to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Fujinomiya (Kusushi Shrine & Kengamine). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai Kanpai Street, walk around Suwanomori Nature Park, and take in the views from Oshino Omiya Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fujiyoshida holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Oshino Omiya Bridge, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kasamori-ji Temple (in Chonan-machi), Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito) and Obyo Cherry Blossom (in Ichihara). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo planning app.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kasamori-ji Temple, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Obyo Cherry Blossom, Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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