21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Osaka
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, walk around Ueno Park, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

8
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Osaka hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. See some other sides of Tokyo: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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