20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  18​h
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 15​min
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  4​h 15​min
Nagasaki
— Few hours
Fly:  24​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

5
days
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 Disneyland in Urayasu, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Neighborhoods, #Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

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Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
days
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
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 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally stroll through Kanazawa Castle Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

5
days
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Neighborhoods

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Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

#Historic Sites, #Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden ©
Kokoen Garden
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
days
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yanbaru Local Products Center (in Nago), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) and Kouri Bridge (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hiroshima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get a bit warmer in Onna-son: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

#Parks, #Shopping, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kouri Bridge, Shurijo Castle, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yambaru Local Products Center
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kouri Bridge ©
Kouri Bridge

few
hours
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Onna-son to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Onna-son in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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