18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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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 Sawada no hama Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Nakanoshima Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Miyakojima, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in April, things will get little chillier in Miyakojima: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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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 Mt. Kurama 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 much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, and explore the activities along Lake Biwa.

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Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by flight takes about 4.5 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.
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Nara — 2 nights

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 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).

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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 Hakone Shisseikaen. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Gotemba to see Gotemba Premium Outlets about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, visit Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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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. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.