18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Onomichi
— 3 nights
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Train to Shinimamiya, Train to Izu
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Izu
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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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.
Visiting Kamakura Hiking Trails and Mt. Takao will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mitsumine Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

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Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hamburg in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kifune Shrine for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Mimurotoji Temple in Uji (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Onomichi

— 3 nights
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Get some cultural insight at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art and Senkoji & Senkoji Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fukuzen-ji Temple and Innoshima Suigun Castle. Step out of Onomichi to go to Fukuyama and see Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo), which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Shiga Naoya Former House, take in the views from Ikuchi Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, and get outside with Ikuchijima.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Onomichi online travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Onomichi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Onomichi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sekisho-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

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Take a train from Onomichi to Koya-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Izu.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites

Izu

— 1 night
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Yomotokan, then steep yourself in history at Shuzen-ji Temple, and then stroll through Toi Beach.

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Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Izu takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Izu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kagurazaka and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

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You can take a train from Izu to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.