18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Chicago

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.
Let the collections at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and Hakone Museum of Art capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hozomon and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama), Odawara (Gyokan-no-Fuji & Enoura Observatory) and Kamakura (Inamuragasaki, Kamakura Hiking Trails, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Odawara, Samukawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at Mazda Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mitaki Temple and Peace Flame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Onomichi (Jyodo Shrine, Saikokuji Temple, &more), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyama Shrine, Shiraito River, &more). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, take in the views from Aioi Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Onomichi, Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido, Former Naval Academy, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 30th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery. On the next day, make a trip to Tegarayama Exchange Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, steep yourself in history at Bizenmaru, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Himeji Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Himeji City Museum of Literature.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Himeji using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ako, Takasago
Highlights from your plan
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Bizenmaru ©
Bizenmaru
Zuio-ji Temple ©
Zuio-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daikaku-ji and Jojakkoji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Chishaku-in. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ishiyamadera Temple (in Otsu), Uji River (in Uji) and Ise (Yamato-hime Shrine, Tsukiyominomiya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Daitoku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Kiyamachi Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Otsu, Osaka, Panasonic Museum, Uji River
Highlights from your plan
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Dolls Museum and Kanazawa Noh Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple and Fudosonkorin Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Toyama (Toyama Gokoku Shrine, Hokugin Galerie Millet, &more), Tedori Gorge (in Hakusan) and Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza & Motorcar Museum of Japan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanazawa Shrine, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, and explore the world behind art at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toyama, Hakusan, Komatsu, Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Dolls Museum ©
Dolls Museum

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