18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Joetsu
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kawasaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Inokashira Park and Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker site.

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Tokyo is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manila in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joetsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:

Joetsu

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kota Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kasugayama Castle Ruins, get engrossed in the history at The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing, then explore the historical opulence of Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, then walk around Takada Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kobayashi Kokei Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Tanimura Art Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nohakusan Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Joetsu vacation maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Joetsu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Joetsu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
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 Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Onshi Hakone Park, Miyaginohayakawa River Bank, and other attractions you added.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online road trip planner.

Getting from Joetsu to Hakone-machi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Kawasaki

— 2 nights
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kawasaki online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawasaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kawasaki: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kawasaki to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kawasaki in April, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Takayama on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kanda house and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo are in your itinerary. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Nagase house (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), stop by Sanmachi Suji, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama planning tool.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Takayama hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Nagoya. You will leave for home on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Nagoya

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.