17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Sumida River. Visiting Mt. Takao and Zushi Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: visit Akihabara and take a stroll through Asakusa.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Discover out-of-the-way places like Makino Sunny Beach and Teramachi-dori Street. Step out of Kyoto to go to Hikone and see Chijino Matsubara, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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 3rd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), head outdoors with RACTAB Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Naramachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nara day trip site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nara

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 3 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Visiting Arayu and Uradome Coast will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Ine no Funaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Onsen Resorts (in Shinonsen-cho), Michi-no-Eki Amarube (in Kami-cho) and Kotobikihama (in Kyotango). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Gosho no Yu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Toyooka road trip app.

You can fly from Nara to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in February, expect Toyooka to be a bit cooler, temps between 42°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Wed), stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan and then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Himeji journey tool.

Getting from Toyooka to Himeji by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Toyooka in February, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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 10th (Fri): stroll through Mikasahama Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally browse the different shops at Fuji Grand Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka, then explore the activities along Setonaikai, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.