18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and teamLab☆Planets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner.

Panama City, Panama to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kamogawa Sea World
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Food Tours
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

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 discover tucked-away gems like Gokayama and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, make a trip to Omicho Market, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Yuwaku Yumeji-kan Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train 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
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, make a trip to Peace Clock Tower, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound ©
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimogamo Jinja and Mt. Kurama. Venture out of the city with trips to Miyazu (Nariaiji Temple & Amanohashidate), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Miyazu, Universal Studios Japan, Mimurotoji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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