18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Drive + Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
9
Nikko
— 1 day
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Central Railway Station, Robot Restaurant, Takeshita Street, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Asakusa, stroll around Ueno Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Tokyo is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sankeien Gardens, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine Homotsuden ©
Hakone Shrine Homotsuden

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saho River. On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planning app .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Nara are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
You'll explore and learn at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour builder site .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
day
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Omicho Market, Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa, Nagamachi Neighborhood, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online journey planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood

1
night
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 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Japan Radio Museum, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto vacation builder website .

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Neighborhoods Baths

Side Trips

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Prince & Skyline Museum
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Matsumoto City Museum of Art ©
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ueno, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Akihabara, and other attractions. On the 6th (Mon), wander the streets of Akihabara, then explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and then steep yourself in history at Kameido Sengen Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Takeshita Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, then take a stroll through Ueno, and finally explore the galleries of Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

1
day
Nikko

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.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, walk around Nikko National Park, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nikko online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Baths Spas
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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