18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
4
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Dotombori District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Arashiyama, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 31st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then get outside with Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi and then get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura sightseeing tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hatsukaichi to Narusawa-mura. When traveling from Hatsukaichi in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Narusawa-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Narusawa-mura in November, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier at night with lows of °C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions tool.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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