18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Narita
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— Few hours
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
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Tsuchiura
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights

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Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Narita holiday planner.

Denver, USA to Narita is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Denver to Narita, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Narita, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Narita International Airport Terminal 1 ©
Narita International Airport Terminal 1

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Sapporo Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal, Otaru Aquarium, &more) and Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and stroll around Odori Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Narita to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Narita in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 55°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for gifts at Goryokaku Tower Shop and then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate journey planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Goryokaku Tower Shop ©
Goryokaku Tower Shop
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsushima-machi holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Matsushima-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Matsushima-machi when traveling from Hakodate in October, with lows around 61°F. You'll set off for Tsuchiura on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

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Tsuchiura

Tsuchiura ©
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tsukubasan Shrine and then admire the natural beauty at Peony Garden Tokyo (Tsukuba Peony Garden).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tsuchiura day trip app.

You can drive from Matsushima-machi to Tsuchiura in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tsuchiura are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tsuchiura

Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Peony Garden Tokyo (Tsukuba Peony Garden) ©
Tsukubasan Shrine ©
Tsukubasan Shrine
Ottonuma Park ©
Ottonuma Park

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Tofuku-ji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Amanohashidate in Miyazu, approximately Miyazu away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tsuchiura to Kyoto. When traveling from Tsuchiura in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, then stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Glover Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Nagasaki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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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 2nd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kintoki, then see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi holiday builder tool.

Fly from Nagasaki to Hakone-machi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): wander the streets of Ueno District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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