18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yokohama
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Nara
— 2 nights
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

5
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiunkaku and Kawasaki Daishi. Explore hidden gems such as Kencho-ji Temple and Kishamichi Promenade. Change things up with these side-trips from Yokohama: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Engaku-ji Temple (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Home of Diplomat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Keisan-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at HARA Model Railway Museum, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Afuri Shrine.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yokohama online travel planner.

Mumbai, India to Yokohama is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Yokohama is 3.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Yokohama at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Kiunkaku, Samukawa Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Jojakkoji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Sanzen-in Temple. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of subway and train from Yokohama to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for Nara on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kashihara, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thensee the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), thenexamine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in December, expect Takayama to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Kanda Myojin. Get a sense of the local culture at Mitsumine Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Kashima Jingu (in Kashima). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Suwa Kuwagata Insect Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website.

Getting from Takayama to Tokyo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Takayama in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Naritasan Omote Sando, Katori Jingu Shrine, Suwa Kuwagata Insect Museum, Mitsumine Shrine, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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