18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Kumano
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Kumano
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights

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Sapporo

— 1 night

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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 2nd (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, then walk around Maruyama Park, then contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally stroll around Odori Park. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Otaru Kihinkan, don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo online trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bunshokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamadera Senju-in Temple, then experience rural life at Osho Orchard, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Zelkova of Higashine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Yamagata Museum of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Katta, and finally make a trip to O-torii.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamagata day trip planning app.

Fly from Sapporo to Yamagata in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in June, you will find days in Yamagata are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kumano

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): go for a walk through Shishiiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiuma Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ubuta Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Onigajo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumano sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yamagata to Kumano. In June, daily temperatures in Kumano can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, then admire the natural beauty at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yugama, take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Matsukawa Valley, then contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and finally steep yourself in history at Matsushiro.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Kumano to Nagano takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Nagano when traveling from Kumano in June, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 9th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then walk around Onshi Hakone Park, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kakitagawa Park, get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River, then go for a walk through Jukkoku Pass, then steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi visit site.

Getting from Nagano to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagano in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as ARONA SPA and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, capture your vacation like a pro with Maction Planet, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and walk around Mizumoto Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Wilson Stump, take in the pleasant sights at Gejibe no Sato, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.