18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 1 night
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights

3
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker website.

Doha, Qatar to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Tokyo. When traveling from Doha in December, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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 12th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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.
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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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 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Akihabara, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and then admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

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

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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