22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Nara
— 1 night
Train
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
7
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
9
Fuji
— 1 night
Train
10
Tokyo
— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Huis Ten Bosch and Hashima Island. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Nagasaki Bio Park in Saikai--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, make a trip to Glover Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki planner.

London, UK to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Nagasaki is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Bring the kids along to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Misen Wild Woods, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and get curious at Hiroshima City Water Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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 8th (Mon): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji journey maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Kyoto — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Nara — 1 night

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 (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Manyo Botanical Garden, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route maker site.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in May: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Yokohama.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Yamashita Park, and finally go for a walk through Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Yokohama dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Narusawa-mura.
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Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Narusawa-mura — 1 night

A village at the foothills of Mt.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Narusawa-mura trip maker website.

You can drive from Yokohama to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. When traveling from Yokohama in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), you're off to Fuji.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Fuji — 1 night

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other 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 in Fuji, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Tokyo — 3 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.
Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fuji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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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