18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— Few hours
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h
5
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Aso
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Kumamoto
— Few hours
10
Kagoshima
— Few hours
ferry + taxi:  4​h 15​min
11
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 15​min
12
Kagoshima
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
14
Osaka
— 1 night
15
Kanazawa
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
16
Takayama
— 2 nights
17
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
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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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 20th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Nara online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kumamoto in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Aso.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

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Aso

Aso
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aso trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Aso in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toBeppu.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center and Kimon Yagura. Take a break from the city and head to Kurogahama Beach and Hells of Beppu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beppu: Matama Beach (in Bungotakada) and Lake Kinrin (in Yufu). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tanoura Beach, hike along Mt. Tsurumi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tetsudo Shrine, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Beppu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aso to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Beppu

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Oita, Lake Kinrin, Kimon Yagura, Matama Beach
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:
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Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

1
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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Beppu to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. August in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will leave for Kumamoto on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kumamoto driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for Kagoshima on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tsukiyomi Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Tsukiyomi Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi Shrine
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, then examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
On the 27th (Thu), go for a walk through Sengan-en, then buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, and then don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping Historic Sites
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AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA ©
AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kagoshima Chuo Station ©
Kagoshima Chuo Station

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka road trip site .

Getting from Kagoshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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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.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka route planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then get outside with Gongenmori Beach, and finally stroll through Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, shop like a local with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Akihabara, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website .

Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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