18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Ontake Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and teamLab Borderless. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, have fun at Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and look for gifts at Pet Paradise, Harajuku Takeshita Street.

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Larnaca, Cyprus to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Larnaca to Tokyo. Traveling from Larnaca in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
You've added Kyoto Ukiyo-e Museum, Kyoto Samurai Experience, Ninja Dojo and Store, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Ibaraki City Cultural Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Get some historical perspective at Imperial Palace and Hozomon. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Art Center, Tokyo and National Museum of Western Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Takeshita Street, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and take a peaceful walk through Yokohama Nature Sanctuary.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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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.