18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 day
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Hashimoto
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Miyazu
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
Highlights from your trip

Nikko

— 1 day
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Shinkyo Bridge and Onsenji Temple. On the 11th (Fri), snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nikko road trip website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shibuya Crossing, Imperial Palace, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, then contemplate the long history of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Choanji Temple, Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) and Mount Fuji. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Nara

— 1 day

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.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nara travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planning tool.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hashimoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Hashimoto

Hashimoto is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niukanshofu Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Jison-in Temple.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hashimoto travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hashimoto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Hashimoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hashimoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gion as well as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then take a stroll through Gion.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hashimoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Himeji

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Miyazu

— 1 night
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
You've now added Amanohashidate to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Motoise Konojinja Shrine, stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nariaiji Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyazu holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Miyazu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, Miyazu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
On the 20th (Sun), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, take in the dramatic scenery at Hirayu Fall, and then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Miyazu to Takayama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nakatsugawa

— 2 nights
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku and then trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa attractions app.

You can take a train from Takayama to Nakatsugawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Nakatsugawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nezu Museum, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Skytree. On the 24th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nakatsugawa to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.