18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manno-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Naoshima-cho
— Few hours
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Kiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo

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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: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Manno-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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nights
Manno-cho

Manno-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannoji Temple, then stroll through Himawari no Sato Manno, then explore the activities along Manno Pond, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sanuki Manno Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dodoro Falls, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mikado Gorge.

Plan my trip to Manno-cho with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Osaka to Manno-cho in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Manno-cho

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Yoshinogawa Highway Oasis, Dodoro Falls, Hashikuraji Temple
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Manno Pond ©
Manno Pond

few
hours
Naoshima-cho

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Naoshima-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manno-cho to Naoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto in 3 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), walk around Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kiso-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Kiso-machi

Kiso-machi
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Karasawa Falls and then head outdoors with Kaidakogen Plateau.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kiso-machi driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Nara to Kiso-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Nara in October, things will get little chillier in Kiso-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Outdoors Nature Parks

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kiso-machi to Takayama takes 2 hours. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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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.
Have a day of magic on the 14th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

Plan my trip to Tokyo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 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) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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