18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train to Nagoya, Train to Ise
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then stroll around Ueno Park, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ise holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Ise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Ise to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Ise in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nachikatsura-cho: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Botanical Garden and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Motobu-cho

— 1 night
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 21st (Mon), steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, you will find days in Motobu-cho are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and finally head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Miyakojima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape Ongazaki, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.