18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive to Uno, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 day
Ferry
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Nara
— 1 day
Drive
6
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Nikko
— Few hours
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, and then see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsuo-ji Temple, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ojigadake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shibukawa Coast, then examine the collection at 007 Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Okayama.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
007 Museum ©
Specialty Museum
007 Museum
1.5

2
nights
Okayama

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kinojo Iwaya, then delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and finally explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan). Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds and then kick back and relax at Sami Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Okayama trip maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Naoshima-cho to Okayama takes 2.5 hours. September in Okayama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your trip

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Yasakanoto. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ishiyamadera Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Uji (Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Mimurotoji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and stroll through Mount Hiei.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
Highlights from your trip
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Religious Site
Jojakkoji Temple
4.6
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Religious Site
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
4.7
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Religious Site
Ishiyamadera Temple
4.3

1
day
Nara

Ancient City

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 5th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Akishinodera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishinokyo District.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip
Akishinodera Temple ©
Religious Site
Akishinodera Temple
4.4
Rokuen ©
Wildlife Area
Rokuen
4.2

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nights
Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kisami Ohama Beach and Nabetahama Beach. Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Former Sawamura Residence will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiunkaku (in Atami), Gempeigawa River (in Mishima) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi route site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in October, expect Hakone-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
Highlights from your trip
Kiunkaku ©
Historic Site
Kiunkaku
4.5

few
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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko day trip website.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Nikko sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. You'll get in some beach time at Morito Beach and Futtsu Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Erin-ji Temple (in Koshu), Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe) and Koajiro Forest (in Miura). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, don't miss a visit to Holy Resurrection Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art.

Discover how to plan a Tokyo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
4.1
Hozomon ©
Historic Site
Hozomon
4.5

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