18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Nara
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Ten-nen Onsen Naniwa no Yu and Osaka Museum of History.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner.

Honolulu, USA to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 19 hour difference. Traveling from Honolulu in December, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 52°F and lows about 39°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Spas Baths
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Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Museum of History ©
Osaka Museum of History

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todaiji Temple Cultural Center as well as Nara Park. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Nara Park and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pokemon Center Osaka. On the 22nd (Sun), stop by Pokemon Center Osaka. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mandarake Grandchaos, thentake a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

1
night
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine as well as Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Okunoshima Island has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Okunoshima Island.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okunoshima Island, Itsukushima Shrine
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Okunoshima Island ©
Okunoshima Island
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

8
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've added Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo visit planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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