18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+6
Fly + Subway + Train + Tram + Foot + Ferry + Taxi:  9 h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and explore the striking landscape at Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. In March, Miyakojima is much hotter than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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 1st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 3rd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hiroshima, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo-jo Castle and Dotonbori. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

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 8th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then wander the streets of Nagamachi District, and finally kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take a stroll through Gokayama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Ikspiari. Tokyo National Museum and Harajuku Takeshita-dori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ikspiari
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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