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
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Takeshita Street and Yokohama Chinatown. Attractions like Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning app .

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 when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Yokohama Chinatown
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Baths
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts

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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Momijidani Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Ropeway as well as Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. On the 31st (Tue), soak in some Japanese tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, shop like a local with Pola Museum of Art, and then stop by Jumbo Himono Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Theme Parks

Side Trip

Jumbo Himono Center
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Yasukuni Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Koajiro Forest and Hie Jinjya. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Koajiro Forest
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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