18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

2
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 Robot Restaurant, Tokyo Tower, Fukagawa Fudodo, and other attractions. On the 13th (Fri), expand your horizons at JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukagawa Fudodo, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless, then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, then examine the collection at Archi-Depot Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Classes Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Archi-Depot Museum ©
Archi-Depot Museum
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Ohito Plum Grove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuzen-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Juyobunkazai Ekawatei, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hatsushime Lighthouse Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hakone-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izunokuni, Hatsushime Lighthouse Museum, Shuzen-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Shuzen-ji Temple ©
Shuzen-ji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mori Art Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions you added. See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and explore and take pictures at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, then admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and then examine the collection at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Yokohama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Shinyokohama Ramen Museum ©
Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama
Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama ©

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 list of things to see and do now includes Fushimi Sake Village, Minamiza : The Kabuki Theater of Kyoto, Nishiki Market, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website .

Traveling by train from Yokohama to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You've added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Minami (Namba), Shinsekai, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then make a trip to Shinsekai, then catch a live performance at National Bunraku Theater, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kobe attractions planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Fugetsudo Museum ©
Kobe Fugetsudo Museum

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park as well as Todai-ji Temple. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple and then walk around Nara Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation maker tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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