18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Zurich

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.
On the 10th (Sat), get advice or help at Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, then get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and finally take a stroll through Kagurazaka. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and finally look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel route planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Kiddy Land Harajuku ©
Kiddy Land Harajuku
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pontocho and Tenryuji Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Shirahama Beach in Takahama-cho, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Mt. Kurama.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shirahama Beach, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Pontocho ©
Pontocho
Spas

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
For shopping fun, head to Ginza Itoya Hontren or teamLab Borderless. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno. Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the wide array of goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi, get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Ginza Mitsukoshi ©
Ginza Mitsukoshi
Ueno ©
Ueno

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 Yonehara Beach and Sunset Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kuro-shima and see Iko Pier, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Yurateiku Market, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, and make a trip to Euglena Mall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip site .

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kuro-shima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a stroll through Yanaka, look for gifts at MUJI Yurakucho, then explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Isetan Shinjuku Store. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tokyo Tower and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ishigaki in August since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Isetan Shinjuku Store
Isetan Shinjuku Store

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