18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Komatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planning website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

1
night
Komatsu

Komatsu ©
Komatsu is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan.As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 109,285 with a population density of 294 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Motorcar Museum of Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Komatsu Airport Observation Deck, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, and finally stroll around Rojo Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Komatsu itinerary maker app .

Drive from Kyoto to Komatsu in 3.5 hours. In January in Komatsu, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Komatsu

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Ishikawa Aviation Plaza ©
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Rojo Park ©
Rojo Park

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
You've now added The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Wada House and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Komatsu to Shirakawa-mura takes 2 hours. January in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites
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Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 17th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and then make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January since evenings lows in Hakone-machi dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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