18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Naniwa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Imperial Palace. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Sankeien Gardens in Naka--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In December, Tokyo is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sankeien Gardens, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ginza ©
Ginza
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

4
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Osaka City Central Hall. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naniwa: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Naniwa trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Naniwa. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Naniwa

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Naniwa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi with the Route module. Traveling from Naniwa in January, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

4
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.
Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip tool .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Kyoto hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take a stroll through Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naniwa to Tokyo. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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