18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
5
Matsumoto
— Few hours
Train:  3 h
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Station, Ninja Food Tours and Robot Restaurant. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi as well as Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

5
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.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker site .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, head off the coast to Miyajima, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi travel planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge

few
hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Matsumoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hatsukaichi in April, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then stop by Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

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