18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Shizuoka
— 1 night
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Kobe
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday maker tool.

Moline, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Moline in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nihondaira Zoo, then take in the awesome beauty at Hijiridake Mountain, and then get outside with Mt. Mano.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shizuoka trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shizuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Nihondaira Zoo ©
Nihondaira Zoo

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.
On the 20th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then enjoy some diversion at Kasumi Yumekujira Park, and then walk around Chubu Park. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagoya road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Chubu Park, Kasumi Yumekujira Park
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank ©
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nara Park, Mt. Koya
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kobe travel app.

Getting from Osaka to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Kobe hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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 29th (Wed): head off the coast to Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey builder app.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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