22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
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Fuji
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
You've added Nagao Castle Park, Suwa Shrine, Sōfuku-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Kokuzo Mountain Observatory in Saikai--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll through Glover Garden, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Nagasaki at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mitaki Temple as well as Fudoin Temple. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiroshimagokoku Shrine, then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fudoin Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myojo-in.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.
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Himeji — 2 nights

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally stop by Kooma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Gion, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto planning site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.
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Nara — 2 nights

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Manyo Botanical Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, Kanazawa is a bit cooler than Nara - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yokohama.
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Yokohama — 2 nights

Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Yokohama by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Yokohama is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Narusawa-mura.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Narusawa-mura — 1 night

A village at the foothills of Mt.
To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Narusawa-mura takes 2 hours. While traveling from Yokohama, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for Fuji on the 18th (Sat).
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Fuji — 1 day

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fuji trip planner.

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 18th (Sat).
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Tokyo — 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fuji in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

Japan travel guide

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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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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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