18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Porto

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Tokyo

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, visit Odaiba District, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

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Porto, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Porto to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas
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Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, stroll through Gongenmori Beach, and contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.