18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planner.

Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Bristol to Tokyo. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Kawaguchi

— 1 night
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Kawaguchi Green Center, walk around Osaki Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuki Shrine, then walk around Saiko Doman Green Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kawaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kawaguchi takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Kawaguchi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, then take a stroll through Susukino, then walk around Odori Park, and finally ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, meet the residents at Maruyama Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Otaru Canal, and finally take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kawaguchi to Sapporo. When traveling from Kawaguchi in April, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi

— 1 night
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
On the 18th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, contemplate the long history of Godaido, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, then snap pictures at Fukuurabashi Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Fukuurajima.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsushima-machi trip builder app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Matsushima-machi in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in April, things will get a bit warmer in Matsushima-machi: highs are around 17°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Haradanien and then go for a walk through Arashiyama. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, then go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and finally hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Matsushima-machi to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Matsushima-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Kyoto

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Sat), make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks

Osaka

— 4 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya) and Nara (Experience YAMATO, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Miyagi-gun travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Marinas · Historic Sites