18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Auckland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Pub Crawl, Rental Kimono Sakura, Burlesque Annex Yavay, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Tokyo. Traveling from Auckland in April, Tokyo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Pub Crawl ©
Tokyo Pub Crawl
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Pub Crawl. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Ebisu Bridge, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Sat), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo as well as Karaoke Kan Shibuya. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu--about 30 minutes away. Explore Tokyo further: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Nightlife Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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