18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Bungoogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Spas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday maker site.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 7th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima travel route builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho travel route website.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 9th (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then stroll through Yabiji, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojishima Island, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect Koya-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning website.

Getting from Koya-cho to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Koya-cho in April since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Visit Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Takayama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.