18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Vienna

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.
Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Tomogashima and Koyasan Daimon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Kongobu-ji Temple) and Kasuga Shrine (in Izumisano). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kataonami Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine, steep yourself in history at Chokeiji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka online holiday planner .

Vienna, Austria to Osaka is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Osaka is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in August; daily highs in Osaka reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Wakayama, Kasuga Shrine, Kinpusenji Temple, Chokeiji Temple
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, make a trip to Remains of Ako Castle, make a trip to Otemae Street, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimmaiko Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Himeji are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ako, Mt. Takamikura, Shimmaiko Beach
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Ako Oishi Shrine ©
Ako Oishi Shrine

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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. Byodoin and Mimurotoji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kofuku-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Uji (Uji River, Ujigami Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village, try to win big at Kyoto Horse Racetrack, see the interesting displays at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokonomiya Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Uji, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Teradaya ©
Teradaya
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hase-dera Temple and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Visit Moroiso Shores and Shirosaki Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Isshiki Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Morito Beach, and stroll around Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hayama-machi, Yokosuka, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Sunset Falls
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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