18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Hiroshima is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Hiroshima. In April, Hiroshima is much colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally admire the striking features of Nara National Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 11th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip builder.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then take a spin around town with IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and visit Odaiba District.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, stroll around Banna Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.