18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Train to Dobutsuen-Mae, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Hiroshima

— 2 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.
You've added Mitaki Temple, Tessen Tea Ceremony, Okonomimura, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, stroll around Kairoyama Park, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

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Tokyo to Hiroshima is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka journey website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll set off for Koya-cho on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Mt. Koya has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station.

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You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Koya-cho in December since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 1st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

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Traveling by train from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.