18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
You've added Robot Restaurant, Samurai Museum, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online route planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nightlife
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Ueno ©
Ueno
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 8th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, then visit Matsushiro Zozan Chikago, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Juppukuno-yu, and finally make a trip to Sanada House.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano sightseeing app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Nagano at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Juppukuno-yu
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Yawataya Isogoro Honten ©
Yawataya Isogoro Honten

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©

1
day
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stone Church as well as Onioshidashi Volcanic Park. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and then appreciate the history behind Stone Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Karuizawa-machi is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Yokohama.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Onioshidashi Volcanic Park
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Stone Church ©
Stone Church
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

3
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.
Enoshima Island has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakone Museum of Art and Kencho-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Yokohama side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kōtoku-in), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Soji-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to NYK Hikawamaru, and walk around Yamashita Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama trip itinerary builder tool .

Yokohama is just a short distance from Kawasaki. In November in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Enoshima Island, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool .

Tokyo is just a stone's throw from Yokohama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naritasan Omote Sando
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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.
You've now added Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

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Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Happoen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and finally stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien. On the next day, walk around Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, then admire the natural beauty at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), then get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and finally enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker site .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Meiji Jingu Gaien ©
Meiji Jingu Gaien

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