18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
End: St. Petersburg

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Ueno. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tokyo is 6 hours. When traveling from St. Petersburg in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Mt. Takao, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu 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.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally go for a walk through Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Umeda Sky Building. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Walking tours

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nara itinerary planning website .

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Amanohashidate and Mt. Kurama. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

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.
To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get around town with The Railway Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Garden, and then admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, admire the natural beauty at Happoen Garden, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, The Railway Museum
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Food Tours
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden

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