18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hakone-machi
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tatadohama Beach and Mount Omuro. Step off the beaten path and head to Omuro Mountain Lift and Mount Nesugatayama Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito), Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida) and Kisami Ohama Beach (in Shimoda). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip maker website.

Newark, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hakone-machi is 14 hours. When traveling from Newark in June, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mount Omuro ©
Mount Omuro
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and browse the exhibits of Mint Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Osaka in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, stop by Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

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

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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.
Attractions like Kamogawa Sea World and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stroll around Hama Rikyu Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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