18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
7
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Bucharest

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Wa Space. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning app .

Bucharest, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Tokyo. Traveling from Bucharest in March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Oya Stone Museum, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, then walk around Nikko National Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Nikko are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oya Stone Museum
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner .

Drive from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in March, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts

2
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary site .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto by combination of taxi and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March: highs in Kyoto hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then head off the coast to Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then examine the collection at Dejima, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

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