17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Budapest
Fly + Train:  17 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Uji
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h
8
Ise
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Osaka
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: Budapest

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.
You've now added The National Museum of Art, Osaka to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Dotombori, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, then don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall, and finally make a trip to Nakanoshima Park.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Osaka is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Osaka is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Maiko Marine Promenade. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Maiko Marine Promenade, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Port Tower ©
Kobe Port Tower
Maiko Marine Promenade ©
Maiko Marine Promenade

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shoshazan Ropeway as well as Shoshazan Engyoji. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji sightseeing planning website.

Himeji is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
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 Shosei-en Garden, Toji, Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally see the interesting displays at Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, walk around Arashiyama Park, Kameyama Area, take a tour by water with Hozugawa River Boat Ride, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nisonin.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

1
day
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahiyaki. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, view the masterpieces at Asahiyaki, then don't miss a visit to Byodoin, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Byodoin Omote-sando.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uji trip itinerary builder website.

Uji is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Museums Classes
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Byodoin Omote-sando ©
Byodoin Omote-sando
Ujigami Shrine ©
Ujigami Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Uji. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoshin-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Daishino Koshikakeishi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then browse the exhibits of Jingu Chokokan Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ise itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Koya-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Ise, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Jingu Chokokan Museum ©
Jingu Chokokan Museum

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nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sarusawa Pond, Naramachi, Kasugayama, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nara National Museum and Toshodai-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara online trip planner.

You can take a train from Ise to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Asuka-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've now added The National Museum of Art, Osaka to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and then get curious at Osaka Science Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
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The National Museum of Art, Osaka ©
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Science Museum ©
Osaka Science Museum

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