18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Grande Prairie
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Osaka
— 1 night
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kurobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Toyama
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Grande Prairie

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 Dotonbori, Kuromon Market and Shinsekai. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner .

Grande Prairie, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grande Prairie to Osaka is 16 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grande Prairie in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kitano-cho, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, take a stroll through Kitano-cho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then walk around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary planning app .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Kitano-cho ©
Kitano-cho

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nara day trip app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Osaka

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

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Omicho Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

1
night
Kurobe

Kurobe
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sarutobi Gorge. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the activities along Sarutobi Gorge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kurobe planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kurobe takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kurobe can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Toyama.

Things to do in Kurobe

Nature Parks
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3
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Toyama holiday website .

Drive from Kurobe to Toyama in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Toyama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Takaoka
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
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Toyama Castle ©
Toyama Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Planets TOKYO, teamLab Borderless, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Asakusa. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip app .

Traveling by train from Toyama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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