18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Train:  20 h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
3
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly + Train:  18 h 15 min
End: Cardiff

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Let the collections at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Hosomi Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip builder.

Cardiff, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in April, with highs in Kyoto at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Let the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Alphonse Mucha Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Peace Osaka. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Koko-en in Himeji, approximately Himeji away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday maker.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Himeji, Alphonse Mucha Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kise Beach and Nirai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Okinawa City side-trips: Onna-son (Diamond Beach & Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach), Tsukenjima Beach (in Uruma) and Motobu-cho (Minna Beach & Anchihama). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi Beach, get outside with Koki Beach, and take advantage of the amenities at Busena Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Okinawa City travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Okinawa City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nago, Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Yomitan-son, Tsukenjima Beach
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Minna Beach ©
Minna Beach
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Nago citizen Beach ©
Nago citizen Beach

7
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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Photography & Lalique Museum Hakone). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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Getting from Okinawa City to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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