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:  4 h 15 min
3
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Kumamoto
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
7
Kagoshima
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
12
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Asakusa. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports 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 take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
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 2.5 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 Beppu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Head to Angel Kimono Rental Beppu and Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Centerfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tanoura Beach and Matama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: Usajingu Shrine (in Usa) and Bungotakada (Tennen-ji Temple & Kumano Magaibutsu). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, browse the different shops at JR Oita City, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Oniishibozu Jigoku.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beppu trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Beppu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Bungotakada, Oita, Usajingu Shrine
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
You've now added Yufuin Onsen to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Mamedamachi Shopping Street and Yunotsubo Kaido. Visiting Mt. Yufu and Lake Kinrin will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yufu: Taketa (Kuju Highland, Kiyotaki Waterfall, &more), Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono) and Jion Falls (in Kusu-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ogosha Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yufu trip planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Yufu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, Jion Falls, Harajiri Falls, Mamedamachi Shopping Street
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Yufuin Onsen ©
Yufuin Onsen
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

1
night
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 Yufu to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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few
hours
Kumamoto

Kumamoto
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
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 26 — 27:

few
hours
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 26th (Wed): 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 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Tsukiyomi Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi Shrine
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nagata Inakahama and Yakusugi Land. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, enjoy the sea views from Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse), and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. August in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
On the 30th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Senganen, then buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally kick back and relax at Iso Beach. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Futatsuya Traditional House, steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chirancho Gokoku Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory.

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

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
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Senganen ©
Senganen
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

1
night
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 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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 1st (Tue), 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 visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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