18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Shinjuku, Fly to Miyako Jima
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hiroshima is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Hiroshima. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Nishiki Market Shopping District. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Fuji and Momiji Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Sawada no hama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Shigira Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Boraga Beach.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima journey planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. In January, Miyakojima is warmer than Fujikawaguchiko-machi - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fusaki Beach and Yonehara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kabira Bay and Sukuji Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, get outside with Akashi Beach, and look for gifts at Inafuku Shuhan Honten.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.