16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Train to Marylebone station, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

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: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site.

Birmingham, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes
Side Trips
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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 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online journey planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Akihabara, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
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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.