18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Gujo
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 2 nights

3
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.
For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planning app.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Tokyo. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

2
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Kanazawa

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 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, thencontemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, thenmake a trip to Omicho Market, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
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Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
You've now added Gujohachiman Hakurankan to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Bokka no Sato, head outdoors with Hirugano Highland, thenadmire the sheer force of Amidaga Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nagataki Hakusan Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Gujohachiman Hakurankan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Omamiya, thenstep into the grandiose world of Gujo Hachiman Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Inuyama Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gujo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Gujo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, Gujo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Gujo

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Amidaga Falls ©
Amidaga Falls
Gujo Hachiman Castle ©
Gujo Hachiman Castle

4
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Gion, take in nature's colorful creations at Keishuin Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Gujo to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Otemae Street, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thentake in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, thendon't miss a visit to Orizuru no Tower, thenwalk around Inasayama Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Keep things going the next day: walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, thenexamine the collection at Dejima, thentake in the views from Megane Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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