18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday builder

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari as well as Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Yanaka District, visit Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Yanaka District ©
Yanaka District

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rent A Bike Osaka. Explore hidden gems such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Kinpusenji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Nara Park. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Sakurai to see Omiwa Shrine about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kinpusenji Temple, Omiwa Shrine
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

6
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 Kyoto Rental Cycle, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Kamogawa River. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nagahama and see Kurokabe Square, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. It doesn't end there: go for a walk through Gion and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kurokabe Square
Find places to stay May 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

Similar Plans

21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEPAL June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEPAL July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, culture, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: October, kids, culture, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, teens, popular sights Preferences: April, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM DENMARK August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ALGERIA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM RUSSIA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans