18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Narita
— 1 day
2
Fuji
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Nara
— 1 night
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Himeji
— 1 night
7
Onomichi
— 1 night
8
Matsuyama
— 1 night
9
Kyoto
— 1 night
10
Nikko
— 2 nights
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Narita online trip builder.

Prague, Czech Republic to Narita is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in April: highs in Narita hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Fuji.

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip planning site.

You can drive from Narita to Fuji in 3 hours. Traveling from Narita in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fuji, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Mishima Taisha, Shiraito Falls
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) ©
Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Fuji to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Fuji in April, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Iwakura Valley
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online trip builder.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Osaka. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): go for a walk through Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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night
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Onomichi trip maker tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Onomichi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple
Tenneiji Temple ©
Tenneiji Temple

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama online trip planner.

You can drive from Onomichi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matsuyama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then get outside with Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, thensteep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Nikko itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nikko to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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