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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Bristol, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
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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), meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yaedake.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In February, Motobu-cho is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude 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 take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagasaki vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 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, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 12°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.
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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). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Fly from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in February; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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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, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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