17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kamakura
— Few hours
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  5​h
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ueno and Marunouchi. Step out of Tokyo to go to Ogose-machi and see Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and see the interesting displays at Drum Museum (Taikokan).

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip site .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will leave for Kamakura on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Ueno ©
Ueno

few
hours
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kōtoku-in has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kamakura day trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Amanohashidate and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then walk around Shukugawa Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shukugawa Park, Mt. Rokko, Waterfall of Mino
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Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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 11th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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 12th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Numazu Kokusai Country Club.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi holiday builder site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths

Side Trip

Numazu Kokusai Country Club
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Numazu Kokusai Country Club ©
Numazu Kokusai Country Club

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Shibuya 109 has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Mon), browse the different shops at Shibuya 109. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then stop by Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon Produced by Yumenoya, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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