18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hiroshima Castle, Shukkei-en Garden, Atomic Bomb Dome, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Hiroshima is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in March, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Hatsukaichi

— 1 night
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Miyajima to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sun), head off the coast to Miyajima.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip builder.

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Keishuin Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shirotori Garden, Tokugawa Garden and Toganji Temple. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toganji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Tokugawa Garden, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shirotori Garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya attractions planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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've now added Imperial Palace to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.