17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Kita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+5
Fly + Tram + Subway + Foot + Train + Shuttle:  7​h 15​min
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 day
Taxi + Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Moscow

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kita trip itinerary maker .

Moscow, Russia to Kita is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. In July, Kita is somewhat warmer than Moscow - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Sarusawa Pond, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nara visit planner.

Drive from Kita to Nara in an hour. July in Nara sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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.
Appreciate the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then kick back and relax at Katsuragahama Beach, and finally make a trip to Miyajima.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey builder site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Katsuragahama Beach
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
day
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, get your bearings at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Shiga Kogen Shizen Hogo Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yamanouchi-machi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Baths
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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