18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Urayasu
— 2 nights
3
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
4
Matsuyama
— 1 night
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
6
Osaka
— 3 nights


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4
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.
You've added Otome Road, Suginami Animation Museum, Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pola Museum of Art. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple for their historical value. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Mitsumine Shrine in Chichibu, about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Yanaka District, and visit Ueno District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Minneapolis, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Tokyo is 15 hours. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kencho-ji Temple, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea as well as Tokyo Disneyland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, stop by Bon Voyage, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and finally steep yourself in history at Seiryu Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Urayasu trip planner.

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Urayasu, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kisarazu, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Umihotaru ©
Umihotaru

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, trot along with a tour on horseback, then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and finally hit the slopes at Niseko Village Pure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then hit the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Niseko-cho trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urayasu to Niseko-cho. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Urayasu in April, with highs in Niseko-cho at 52°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Dogo Onsen Honkan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, test the waters at Dogo Onsen Honkan, then wander the streets of Botchan Hiroba, then steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso, and finally don't miss a visit to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yokomineji, then look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku, then buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki, and finally steep yourself in history at Taisanji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama online route maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Matsuyama. In April, Matsuyama is somewhat warmer than Niseko-cho - with highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Yokomineji, Garyu Sanso, Namekawakeikoku, Emifull Masaki, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine
Emifull Masaki ©
Emifull Masaki

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 Kyoto International Manga Museum to your itinerary. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kennin-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Midosuji Street, and finally visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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