17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary maker

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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Vancouver, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Osaka is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in October, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

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 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

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Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

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.