18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
9
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
10
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Koya-cho
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
14
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
15
Hatsukaichi
— Few hours
train:  5​h
16
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  3​h
17
Takayama
— 1 night
18
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Kabukicho and Takeshita Street. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Asakusa Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Yanaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, make a trip to Hozomon, wander the streets of Ueno, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker site .

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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Nikko

Nikko
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Tokyo

Tokyo
You've now added Harajuku Station to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the wide array of goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi, take a stroll through Marunouchi, then look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then admire the landmark architecture of Harajuku Station, and finally take a stroll through Shimokitazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Kichijoji, then get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and then shop like a local with Ginza.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in June, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Nature
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Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Mint Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishikiri Tsurugi Shrine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
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Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

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Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
day
Osaka

Osaka
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Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in June since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 22°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toKobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kobe itinerary app .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in June, you will find days in Kobe are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka travel route builder .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. You will leave for Koya-cho on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho holiday maker tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, then shop like a local with Monokoto Store, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and finally steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
To see maps and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi travel planning site .

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. In June, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Shopping
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Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

1
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Osakacho Waterfalls
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo
To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You will leave for Nikko on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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