18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

3
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki planning website.

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, thenlook for gifts at Hanakomichi, and then deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Tashiro Shitsugen, contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, thenexplore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond

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 (Tue), see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. On the next day, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, thenexamine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route planning website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & The Symphony Hall) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 15th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji travel route planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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