18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagoya
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Fly
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Urayasu
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Kutchan-cho to Sapporo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in March, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Niigata sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Niigata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, things will get slightly colder in Niigata: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Niigata to Nagoya by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Niigata in April, with lows around 13°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kyoto

— 3 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.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya 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. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll set off for Urayasu on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Urayasu

— 3 nights
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get your game on at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, then stop by Bon Voyage, and finally contemplate the long history of Seiryu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Urayasu Local Museum, walk around Urayasu Traffic Park, stroll around Urayasu Sports Park, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, then browse the different shops at Ikspiari, and finally visit Urayasu Sports Park Indoor And Swimming Pool.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Urayasu trip maker tool.

You can fly from Osaka to Urayasu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Urayasu, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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.