18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights

5
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.
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Ontake Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Asakusa, have fun at Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and look for gifts at Pet Paradise, Harajuku Takeshita Street.

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Larnaca, Cyprus to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Larnaca to Tokyo. Traveling from Larnaca in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kōtoku-in
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
You've added Kyoto Ukiyo-e Museum, Kyoto Samurai Experience, Ninja Dojo and Store, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Ibaraki City Cultural Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park, Ibaraki City Cultural Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some historical perspective at Imperial Palace and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Art Center, Tokyo and National Museum of Western Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Yokohama) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: shop like a local with Takeshita Street, make a trip to Hozomon, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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