18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly
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Naha
— 1 night
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Tokyo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in January, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kamakura hover around 4°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

1
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Kanazawa

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 13th (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

3
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and stop by Gion.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

3
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and stop by Dotombori District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

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Naha

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, then don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and finally don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street.

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You can fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll around Kabira Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabira Kannon-do, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Ocean Club, get outside with Mt.Omotodake, stroll around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, then get outside with Smoothly, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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.