18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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

— 3 nights
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 Yabiji. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakanoshima Beach 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at 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 18-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 fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Visiting Kamogawa River and Lake Biwa will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Arima Onsen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama) and Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect Kyoto to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Nara

— 2 nights

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): stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to 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

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Takayama

— 3 nights
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 catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hakone-machi to see Hakone Shisseikaen about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, stop by Odaiba District, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Takayama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

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.