18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Chiba
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Osaka

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waterfall of Mino. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip site .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara Park, Himeji Castle, Waterfall of Mino
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Chiba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Chiba

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Sanyo Media Flower Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Villa of Dembee Kamiya in Inage, then get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, and finally explore the world behind art at Hoki Museum.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Chiba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chiba, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chiba

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Hoki Museum ©
Hoki Museum
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari ©
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Getting from Chiba to Tokyo by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Chiba in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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