18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + shuttle:  8​h
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. You'll set off for Ishigaki on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Barasu Island (in Iriomote-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Barasu Island, Kondoi Beach, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then take a stroll through Gion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, expect Kyoto to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joko-ji Temple.

Plan my day in Yamanouchi-machi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and shuttle from Hiroshima to Yamanouchi-machi in 8 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Tanaka Honke Museum
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan
Tanaka Honke Museum ©
Tanaka Honke Museum

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sensō-ji and Asakusa. Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and steep yourself in history at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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