17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Nara
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 day
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and finally visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Moscow, Russia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Moscow to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in July, with highs in Osaka at 89°F and lows at 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Sarusawa Pond, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nara online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 Crafts and Design. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planning tool.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 24th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then get outside with Katsuragahama Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · 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

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 26th (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for gifts at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Shiga Kogen Shizen Hogo Center.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi travel route planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Yamanouchi-machi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Wildlife · Spas
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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

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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.
Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba District and Asakusa. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum