18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 1 night
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
7
Tateyama
— 1 night
8
Shirakawa
— 1 night
9
Nikko
— 1 night
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, thentake a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, expect Kanazawa to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thenadmire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Sanmachi Suji.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, stop by Nakamachi Street, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, thencontemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), thentake some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tateyama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Tateyama

Tateyama
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Awa Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateyama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), explore the striking landscape at Oki no Shima, thendon't miss a visit to Nagoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tateyama tour planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tateyama in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Tateyama hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tateyama

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum)
Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum)
Tateyama Shrine ©
Tateyama Shrine
Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon) ©
Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon)

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 4th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Myokanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, don't miss a visit to Komine Castle Remains, thenwalk around Nanko Park, thensteep yourself in history at Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tateyama to Shirakawa takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tateyama in April since evenings lows in Shirakawa dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko holiday tool.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Nikko in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in April, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are little chillier (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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