17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

6
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You've now added Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and then walk around Tsuruma Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Nagoya sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stop by Gion.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip site .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 24th (Thu), admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City and then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, then shop like a local with Minami (Namba), and finally don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in June, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Osaka. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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