18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sawada no hama Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Miyako Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Miyakojima. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect Miyakojima to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Yabiji
4.8

4
nights
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.
Visiting Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Kurokabe Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and explore the activities along Lake Biwa.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect Kyoto to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Baths

Side Trips

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Gion
4.1
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Specialty Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Lookout
Mt. Kurama
4.6

2
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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Lalaport Koshien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nara attractions planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Side Trips

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Must see
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6
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World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5

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Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for little chillier nights in Takayama, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Specialty Museum
Takayama Showa Museum
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Specialty Museum
Hikaru Museum
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), wander the streets of Odaiba District, and visit Akihabara.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Must see
Senso-ji Temple
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Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2

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