18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h
4
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Shodoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Kitayama-mura
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yanaka and Omoide Yokocho. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ueno and Takeshita Street. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and explore the activities along Meguro River.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Kyoto Shibori Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kyoto Tower and Monkey Park Iwatayama. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka ©
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
Kyoto Tower ©
Kyoto Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Step off the beaten path and head to Benesse House Museum and Kinojo Castle. Okayama Astronomical Museum and Yakage Post Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Naoshima-cho's surroundings by going to Play Park Gold Tower (in Utazu-cho), Shiromineji Temple (in Sakaide) and Takahashi (Raikyuji Temple & Takahashi City Old Samurai Residences). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, explore the activities along Shibukawa Coast, step off the mainland to explore Shiraishi Island, and steep yourself in history at Old Yakage Honjin Ishii Family Residence.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and ferry from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tamano, Takahashi, Yakage-cho, Kasaoka, Kinojo Castle
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Shiraishi Island ©
Shiraishi Island
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Shiromineji Temple ©
Shiromineji Temple

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nights
Shodoshima-cho

Shodoshima-cho ©
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
On the 20th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Kokonoura Museum of History and Culture, stop by Hinase Fishermens's Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, then appreciate the views at Kankakei Gorge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Olive Garden, then step off the mainland to explore Hinase Islands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ushimado Olive Garden.

Start your trip to Shodoshima-cho by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Shodoshima-cho in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kitayama-mura.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bizen, Ushimado Olive Garden
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Ushimado Olive Garden ©
Ushimado Olive Garden
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Olive Garden ©
Olive Garden

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day
Kitayama-mura

Kitayama-mura
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Okutoro, examine the collection at Kiwacho Mine Museum, then make a trip to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, and finally appreciate the views at Doro River Valley.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kitayama-mura planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shodoshima-cho to Kitayama-mura. In August, daily temperatures in Kitayama-mura can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kitayama-mura

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Kumano, Doro River Valley
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hozenji Yokocho and Osaka City Central Hall. Get some cultural insight at Minami (Namba) and Nara Park. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at PC and Retro Bar Space Station, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kitayama-mura to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Osaka City Central Hall ©
Osaka City Central Hall

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nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Oji Zoo, don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, then go for a walk through Kitano-cho, and finally contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai). Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker website .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Kobe are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)

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