18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Ginza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Lake Kawaguchi
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Jigokudani and Otaru Canal. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Koshu Kitano Museum (in Noboribetsu), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Spas Baths

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Glico Museum (in Nishiyodogawa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Naifs, Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Museum Meiji-mura, contemplate the long history of Naegi Castle Ruins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, then steep yourself in history at Masugata Waterwheel, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Stone Pavement In Ochiai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, revel in the low prices at Toki Premium Outlets, and then explore the galleries of Little World.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Nakatsugawa are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Inuyama, Toki Premium Outlets
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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
The Museum Meiji-mura ©
The Museum Meiji-mura

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hirayu Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Hirayu Onsen.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner .

Drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Spas Baths Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 23rd (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planning site .

Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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