19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then walk around Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Okikuido, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Himeji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.