20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel planning website.

Bristol, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Bristol to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Motobu-cho — 2 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 12th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yaedake.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in February; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple and then snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki vacation app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, expect Nagasaki to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, things will get a bit cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

Tokyo — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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