18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Geraldton
Fly:  26​h
Fuji National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Geraldton

1
day
Fuji National Park

Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fuji National Park holiday planner.

Geraldton, Australia to Fuji National Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Geraldton to Fuji National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji

5
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Ginza. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, make a trip to Meiji Jingu, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary maker.

Drive from Fuji National Park to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum
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Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple

2
days
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.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Shinsaibashi, and then browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online itinerary creator.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Shinsaibashi
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Tōdai-ji
Ryoanji Temple
Ginkaku-ji Temple

4
days
Kyoto

Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari Taisha. See even more of Kyoto: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto custom trip planner.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

1
day
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 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks
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Safaris
Himeji Castle

2
days
Hatsukaichi

The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 19th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Gojuno To and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Iwakuni Castle, then go for a walk through Kintai Bridge, and then go for a stroll along the water at Suo-Oshima.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi tour planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Iwakuni, Suo-Oshima
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Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine
Suo-Oshima

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