17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation builder

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Himeji trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.