18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  20 h
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakanoshima Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomori Imugya Beach and Irabu Bridge. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast, explore the activities along Yabiji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sawada no hama Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Miyakojima. In April, Miyakojima is slightly colder than Dubai - with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arima Onsen and Kamogawa River. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kurokabe Square and Mt. Kurama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Cup Noodle Mueseum (in Ikeda) and Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. In April, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Miyakojima - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Kaizu Osaki, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Lake Biwa, Kurokabe Square
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Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Gion
Gion
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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nights
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 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at LaLaport KOSHIEN, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder tool .

Nara is very close to Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, Nishinomiya
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take an in-depth tour of Takayama Showa Museum, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nara to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nara in April; daily highs in Takayama reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Museums Spas

Side Trip

Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
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Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

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nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gotemba Premium Outlets and Tsukiji Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). 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

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Hakone Shisseikaen, Yokohama Chinatown
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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