17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Mizuno Sportology Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions site.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Kyoto is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Guatemala City to Kyoto. When traveling from Guatemala City in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 18th (Sat), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, and finally stroll through Glover Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour planning app.

Fly from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 5 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 out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.