18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Fuji
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Paddle Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Motoyasu River, get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, and finally take a stroll through Saijo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Hiroshima is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saijo, Paddle Park
Highlights from your plan
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jojakkoji Temple and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kids Plaza Osaka and Tenjinzaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kazugayama Genshirin & Mt. Wakakusa). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, and identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kazugayama Genshirin ©
Kazugayama Genshirin
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

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 Hozomon and Fire Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at teamLab Borderless and Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Tsurumi), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and catch the contagious excitement of Tokyo Horse Racetrack.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planner .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Oyama Afuri Shrine, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course
Highlights from your plan
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

3
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jubun Iwashina Gakko and Shimpo-in. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Iwamoto and Futo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fuji: Matsuzaki-cho (Inashimo Shrine & Izunochohachi Museum) and Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course (in Gotemba). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, stroll around Hiromi Park, and get great views at Obuchi Sasaba.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Fuji day trip planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsuzaki-cho, Futo Beach, Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course
Highlights from your plan
Hiromi Park ©
Hiromi Park
Izunochohachi Museum ©
Izunochohachi Museum
Inashimo Shrine ©
Inashimo Shrine

3
nights
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.
Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature and Sapporo Science Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to White Isle Niseko and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai), Kutchan Natural History Museum (in Kutchan-cho) and Uryunuma Moor (in Uryu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fuji to Sapporo. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fuji in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Arte Piazza Bibai, Uryunuma Moor
Highlights from your plan
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu

Similar Plans

21 days in Japan & Cairns BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Japan, Seoul & Jeju BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM MEXICO November, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM SWEDEN August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan, South Korea & Taipei BY A USER FROM CHILE September, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans