17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Himeji
— 1 day
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Nara
— 1 day
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
6
Nagoya
— Few hours
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Himeji is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Himeji is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Lisbon in August, with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kennin-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama.

Plan my trip to Kyoto with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Otsu
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara planning website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuyunoten Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Koshien History Museum, Kiyoshikojin Seichoji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Mon), stop by Amanatto Kawamura, examine the collection at Motorcar Museum of Japan, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally take a stroll through Gokayama.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder website.

Drive from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Motorcar Museum of Japan, Shirayama Hime Shrine
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Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

few
hours
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hosho-in (Osu Kannon). On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya tour planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hosho-in (Osu Kannon) ©
Hosho-in (Osu Kannon)
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park, get a new perspective on nature at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

Plan my day in Hakone-machi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Nagoya to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or fly. When traveling from Nagoya in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Odawara, Mishima, Fujiyoshida, Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katori Jingu Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando. Get some cultural insight at teamLab☆Planets and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, make a trip to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple).

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Yokosuka, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Katori Jingu Shrine
Katori Jingu Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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