18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Okayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka route planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Okayama is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, get engrossed in the history at Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama, and step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Okayama trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Inujima Seirensho Art Museum ©
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
When in Naoshima-cho, make a side trip to see Teshima Art Museum in Teshima, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, make a trip to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, and admire the striking features of Art House Project.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Naoshima-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Okayama to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. March in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Teshima Art Museum
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, stroll around Tamamo Park, then contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu road trip app .

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kotohira-gu, Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, Marugame Castle, Angel Road
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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