18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Panama City

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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.
On the 3rd (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planning site .

Panama City, Panama to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Panama City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Panama City in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Torinin, and other attractions you added. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto holiday builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes STREET KART Akihabara No. 2 as well as Mount Fuji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Have a day of magic on the 13th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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