18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Larnaca
Fly:  23​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h 30​min
End: Larnaca

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. Head to Asakusa and Pet Paradise, Harajuku Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ontake Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, and view the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless.

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Larnaca, Cyprus to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Larnaca in December, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kōtoku-in
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Ukiyo-e Museum, Kyoto Samurai Experience, Ninja Dojo and Store, and other attractions you added. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara Park (in Nara), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Ibaraki City Cultural Museum (in Ibaraki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Imperial Palace and Fukagawa Edo Museum will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Takeshita Street or TOKYO Samurai Kembu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. See even more of Tokyo: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling 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
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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