17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Shuttle
3
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Fly
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Furujima Station, Fly to Sydney

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Tokyo — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo attractions tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagano.
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Nagano — 1 night

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a tailor-made plan with Snow Monkey Resorts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Hasedeta Temple.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Nagano at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Hakuba-mura.
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Hakuba-mura — 1 night

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Nagano to Hakuba-mura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Osaka.
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Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Osaka — 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and find something for the whole family at SpaWorld.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka visit planner.

You can fly from Hakuba-mura to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

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 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Motobu-cho — 2 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and finally make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho travel planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, expect Motobu-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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