24 days in Japan & London Itinerary

24 days in Japan & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Oita, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Niigata, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planner.

Exeter to London is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple), Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo) and Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Doctor Oe History Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ishizumi Rice Terraces, get great views at Yame Chuo Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Old Kurauchi Residence.

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You can fly from London to Fukuoka in 16 hours. Traveling from London to Fukuoka, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Oita, Japan

— 2 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Usuki Samurai House Streets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukura Tenmangu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nioza Rekishi no Michi, then appreciate the history behind Kihara Stone Statues, and finally steep yourself in history at Magari Stone Budda. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then explore the stunning scenery at Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei, and then appreciate the history behind Kaiten Oga Training Base Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oita online trip planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Oita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oita can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Osaka, Japan

— 5 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Senbonmatsu Ferry Facilities, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Oita to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Tokyo, Japan

— 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Niigata, Japan

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Akatani Cycling Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Fukushima-gata, then sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Sakura no Yu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, make a trip to Minato Inari Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, then contemplate the long history of Sanja Shrine, and finally stop by Pia Bandai.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Niigata route planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Niigata hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Tokyo, Japan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Niigata to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Niigata in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

The Square Mile

On the 8th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Saatchi Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and then walk around Hyde Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to London takes 15.5 hours. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Tokyo to London due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Tours · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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.