18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions. On the 13th (Fri), learn and have fun at JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukagawa Fudodo, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Classes Parks Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Fukagawa Fudodo ©
Fukagawa Fudodo

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pola Museum of Art, Hakone Venetian Glass Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. On the 15th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Archi-Depot Museum, Rainbow Bridge, teamLab Planets TOKYO, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Sengaku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like teamLab Borderless and Ryogoku Kokugikan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Archi-Depot Museum ©
Archi-Depot Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama Chinatown, Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, and other attractions. On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and then take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum and then make a trip to Yokohama Chinatown.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yokohama vacation site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Yokohama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Fushimi Sake Village, Togetsukyo Bridge, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Take a train from Yokohama to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
You've added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Shinsekai, Shitennoji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuyunoten Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shitennoji, then don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, make a trip to Kuromon Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Namba Yasaka Shrine, then catch a live performance at National Bunraku Theater, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kobe attractions planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todai-ji Temple as well as Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple and then walk around Nara Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation maker tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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