18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Aguascalientes
Fly:  25 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Aguascalientes

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Aguascalientes, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 25- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Aguascalientes to Tokyo. Traveling from Aguascalientes in December, you will find days in Tokyo are much colder (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate. On the next day, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 28th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip builder site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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