18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Calgary

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Tokyo — 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.
On the 18th (Thu), shop like a local with Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, then wander the streets of Yanaka District, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip app.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Nagano — 2 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, trek along Momiji Tunnel, then delve into the lush surroundings at Aokigahara Forest, and finally explore the activities along Saiko Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, relax and rejuvenate at Mitama no Yu, and then explore the activities along Lake Shoji.

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Drive from Nagano to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Nagano, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 2 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.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and finally steep yourself in history at Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Ninja Dojo and Store.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Himeji — 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Himeji Castle and Goshikizuka Park are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nishi no Maru and Nagoyama Reien Busharito. Change things up with a short trip to Amore Beach in Akashi (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, browse the different shops at Piole Himeji, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Osaka — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then kick back and relax at Osaka Fureai no Mizube. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and then stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Onna-son — 2 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nirai Beach and Kouri Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Emerald Beach (in Motobu-cho) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Blue Cave, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Osaka to Onna-son takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Onna-son, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

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.
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Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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