18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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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 21st (Fri): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally walk around Kanazawa Castle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

4
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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: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

3
nights
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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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 30th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Himeji journey builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

3
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.