18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Knoxville
Fly + Bus:  20 h 15 min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Knoxville

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and get advice or help at M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER.

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Knoxville, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. When traveling from Knoxville in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

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 5th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Daishoin Temple). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and then explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, Hakone-machi is little chillier than Hiroshima - with highs of 75°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Museums Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, take a stroll through Asakusa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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