18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
4
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, visit Ueno District, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, thentake a stroll through Yanaka District, and finally make a trip to University of Tokyo. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, look for all kinds of wild species at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), thencontemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Kanazawa Noh Museum and Enshono Yakata capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in May, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nanto
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, thenwander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Hida
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Nakasendo Magome-juku has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toson Memorial Museum and Nakasendo History Museum. Get some historical perspective at Stone Pavement In Ochiai and Naegi Castle Ruins. Step out of Nakatsugawa with an excursion to Kokeizan Eihoji Temple in Tajimi--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Masugata Waterwheel, appreciate the views at Tsukechi Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ena Weston Park, and see the interesting displays at Magome Wakihonjin Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nakatsugawa route planner.

Drive from Takayama to Nakatsugawa in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nakatsugawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Nanzen-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasuga Grand Shrine and Byodoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji) and Nara (Mt. Wakakusa & Nigatsu-do Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, take a stroll through Pontocho District, don't miss a visit to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. While traveling from Nakatsugawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Nara, Uji
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and then explore the activities along Saiko Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Hakone-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
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Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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