18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kobe
— 1 night
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
7
Toyama
— 1 night
8
Niigata
— 1 night
9
Sapporo
— 1 night
10
Sendai
— 1 night
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
nights
Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, thencontemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Osaka at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get outside with Suma Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, thentake a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kobe sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

2
nights
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 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thenappreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenappreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation maker app.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, thensteep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Genkoan. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get your game on at NINJA VR KYOTO, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, thenget great views at Mt. Kurama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Classes
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, stroll around Higashiyama Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online journey maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake, thenhead outdoors with Karasawa Carl, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Zengoro Fall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Matsumoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zengoro Fall ©
Zengoro Fall
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 29th (Tue), make a trip to Toyama City Office View Tower, admire the masterpieces at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, get to know the fascinating history of Yatsuo no Machinami, thensee the interesting displays at THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA, and finally explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toyama online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Toyama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design ©
THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA ©
THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 30th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nishikaigan Park, and then kick back and relax at Sekiyahama Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Niigata travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Toyama to Niigata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Niigata sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niigata

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery ©
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, thencontemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally stroll around Odori Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Niigata to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Niigata in September: highs in Sapporo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, thenexplore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, thenmake a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sendai travel route builder app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Sendai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Sendai is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Mt. Takao. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, wander the streets of Ueno District, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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