18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Doha
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Hachijo-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Doha


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1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, and then head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Sapporo is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Doha in April, with highs in Sapporo at 9°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally wander the streets of Kamiyacho.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Sapporo in April, expect Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Kamiyacho ©
Kamiyacho

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kobe
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Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Tokoname, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Sakae, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally browse the different shops at JR Central Towers.

Plan my day in Nagoya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Nara to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in April, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Aeon Mall Tokoname
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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.
Do your shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo and Kyoto Station Building. Museum-lovers will get to explore Miho Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker tool.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Miho Museum
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring, then look for gifts at Mt.Fuji 5th station, and finally don't miss a visit to Kariyado no Geba Zakura (Sakura).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fuji trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Fuji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Fujinomiya
Highlights from your plan
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

1
night
Hachijo-machi

Hachijo-machi
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Nako Observation Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Noboryotouge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sokodo Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Hachijo-machi tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Fuji to Hachijo-machi with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks Wildlife Beaches

3
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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Tokyo Dome City. Explore hidden gems such as Showa Kinen Park and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Ueno, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel website.

Explore your travel options from Hachijo-machi to Tokyo with the Route module. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Ueno ©
Ueno
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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