18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Kobe
— 1 night
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Tower. On the 6th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Meguro Sky Garden, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature
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Meguro River ©
Meguro River
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meguro Sky Garden ©
Meguro Sky Garden

2
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.
Hida Furukawa Old Town has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and then make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takayama travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©

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.
On the 9th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Takayama
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then wander the streets of Gion. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), thentake in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, thenwalk around Meriken Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kobe travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kobe are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Spas Baths
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Onsen Resorts
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and then ponder the world of politics at Hyogoken Kokan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Reien-ji Temple and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Onshi Hakone Park and then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary builder site.

Drive from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todoroki Valley as well as Tokyo Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Nikaryouyousui (in Kawasaki) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Explore Tokyo further: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nikaryouyousui, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Todoroki Valley ©
Todoroki Valley
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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