18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Train to Osaka Kansai, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Montreal

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple and Hozomon. Popular historic sites such as Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien are in your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Yokohama) and Onsen Resorts (in Fuefuki). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, stroll through Kitanomaru Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and do a tasting at Marufuji Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Montreal - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

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.
You've now added Kiyomizu-dera Temple to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Unryuin. Get some historical perspective at Kotoin and Shodenji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, approximately Uji away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyoin, stroll through Daitoku-ji Temple, and visit Shinbashi Dori.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple, kick back and relax at Takeno Coast, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shisho Shrine. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland and then see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyooka trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Toyooka are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Miyako Shrine and Harimizu Utaki will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomori Imugya Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Sabautsuga, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planning app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Toyooka to Miyakojima in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Toyooka in October, things will get a bit warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 83°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 31st (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Kannonzaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sea views from Uganzaki Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Kawamata Onsen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Okumiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the galleries of Kanaya Hotel History House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiunji Temple, and then play a few rounds at Rope Club.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nikko tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nikko in 7 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, you will find days in Nikko are colder (55°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

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.