18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
Train
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Hiroshima
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Koya-cho
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and walk around Ueno Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 1 day
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka visit site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nara online vacation planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Koya-cho

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Koya-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

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.