18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Narita
— 1 night
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakodate
— Few hours
train:  5​h
4
Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Tsuchiura
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Denver

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night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Narita online vacation planner .

Denver, USA to Narita is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in October since evenings lows in Narita dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.
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nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park), Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal, Otaru Aquarium, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Narita to Sapporo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Narita in October, things will get little chillier in Sapporo: highs are around 55°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Lake Toya, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Fukidashi Park, Mt. Yotei
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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hours
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stop by Goryokaku Tower Shop and then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate vacation planner .

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping
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Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

1
night
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Make your Matsushima-machi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Hakodate to Matsushima-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Matsushima-machi, with lows around 61°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Tsuchiura.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

1
night
Tsuchiura

Tsuchiura ©
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Tsukubasan Shrine and then take in nature's colorful creations at Peony Garden Tokyo (Formerly Tsukuba Peony Garden).

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You can drive from Matsushima-machi to Tsuchiura in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tsuchiura can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tsuchiura

Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tsukuba
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Ottonuma Park ©
Ottonuma Park
Tsukubasan Shrine ©
Tsukubasan Shrine

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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 hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Amanohashidate (in Miyazu). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tsuchiura to Kyoto. When traveling from Tsuchiura in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koyasan Okunoin, Amanohashidate
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, then walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagasaki route builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck

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night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, then see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Hakone-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Nagasaki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Ueno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip app .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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