18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
4
Nara
— 1 day
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, Kirarito Ginza and Harajuku Station. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

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

Atlanta, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will leave for Kyoto on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Classes Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
You've now added Nishiki Market Shopping District to your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daibutsuden.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara online attractions planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): visit Kobe Harborland, thenvisit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thendon't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, thenvisit Ginza, and then walk around Ueno Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ginza ©
Ginza
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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