18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manno-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naoshima-cho
Ferry to Uno Port, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing tool.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Manno-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manno-cho

— 3 nights
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannoji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Himawari no Sato Manno, then explore the activities along Manno Pond, and finally hit the best photo ops around with Sanuki Manno Park. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hashikuraji Temple, then visit Yoshinogawa Highway Oasis, then admire the sheer force of Dodoro Falls, and finally take in breathtaking views at Mikado Gorge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manno-cho trip builder.

Drive from Osaka to Manno-cho in 3.5 hours. September in Manno-cho sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Manno-cho

Parks · Nature · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, and then stop by Naoshima Bath.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Naoshima-cho vacation planner.

Drive from Manno-cho to Naoshima-cho in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kiso-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Kiso-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Karasawa Falls and then get outside with Kaidakogen Plateau.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kiso-machi day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nara to Kiso-machi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Nara in October, expect Kiso-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get advice or help at Takayama City Hall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama travel route site.

Drive from Kiso-machi to Takayama in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Kiso-gun travel guide

3.8
Hiking Trails · Outdoor Activities · Ski Areas