18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
train:  6​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Robot Restaurant has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife
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Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Baths
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts

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.
You've added Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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 Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Gora Park and Hakone Ropeway. On the 31st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then stroll around Gora Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway and then take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Gora Park ©
Gora Park

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
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You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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