17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally steep yourself in history at Glover Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ōura Church, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and then stop by Tatematsuru.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In December, Nagasaki is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip app .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Hosomi Museum. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take a stroll through Sakae, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then look for gifts at Kobegama, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ayabe Utsuwatei.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tajimi
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Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzuryu Shrine. On your second day here, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atami, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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 International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck has been added to your itinerary. Head to Ginza and Wa Spacefor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Ueno Zoo and Kimono & Geisha Experience COCOMO. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, shop like a local with Asakusa, wander the streets of Odaiba, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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