18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Step off the beaten path and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Tsukiji Market. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Omotesando, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 15th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, steep yourself in history at 旧函館区公会堂 - Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate travel route planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 17°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Kiyomizu-dera. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Minami (Namba) in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hakodate in May, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of The Mizuki Shigeru Road, and then don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, then stroll through Inasa Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

Find out how to plan Matsue trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Matsue sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, The Mizuki Shigeru Road, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planner .

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then examine the collection at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. On the next day, look for gifts at Inafuku Shuhan Honten, then stop by Yurateiku Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aragusuku Beach and Shimoji-jima Island. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 28th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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