18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  23​h
End: Panama City

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Armor Photo Studio and teamLab☆Planets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) (in Kamakura) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning site .

Panama City, Panama to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Panama City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Kamogawa Sea World, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Enoshima Island, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ainokura Gassho Community and Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peace Bell and Mitaki Temple. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai, and take in the views from Aioi Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mimurotoji Temple and Amanohashidate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nariaiji Temple (in Miyazu), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Toshodai-ji Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miyazu, Nara, Mimurotoji Temple, Universal Studios Japan
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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