18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, make a trip to Okonomimura, and test the waters at Hiroshima Stretch.

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Helsinki, Finland to Hiroshima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Helsinki to Hiroshima, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in May; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 24th (Tue): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town.

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Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

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.