18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  16 h 45 min
1
Chiba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Shizuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Kobe
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Zurich

1
night
Chiba

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hoki Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Izumi Nature Park Natural Boadwalk, examine the collection at Natural History Museum and Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myokenhongu Chiba Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Chiba Castle Ruins. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Chiba City Museum of Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inage Sengen Jinja Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akiba Shrine and Konyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasamori-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamasaki Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiba trip itinerary builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chiba is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Chiba due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chiba, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chiba

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tamasaki Shrine, Kasamori-ji Temple
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Myokenhongu Chiba Shrine ©
Myokenhongu Chiba Shrine
Tamasaki Shrine ©
Tamasaki Shrine
Kasamori-ji Temple ©
Kasamori-ji Temple

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Nezu Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Ueno District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, visit Yanaka District, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Chiba to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Chiba in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Takao
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Satta-toge Pass, contemplate the long history of Okitsu Zagyoso, admire the masterpieces at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusanagi Shrine, explore the world behind art at Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Discover how to plan a Shizuoka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Shizuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: highs in Shizuoka hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Satta-toge Pass ©
Satta-toge Pass
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine ©
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine
Shizuoka castle ©
Shizuoka castle

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 21st (Sun), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then admire the striking features of Arimatsu no Machinami, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kennin-ji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Mimurotoji Temple in Uji--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip app.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
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.
Visit Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toshodai-ji Temple and Hōzen-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planning app.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kongobu-ji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Michi-no-eki Kobe Fruit Flower Park Osawa, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary maker site.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

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