17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
4
Nara
Train
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train to Okayama, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to Uno, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Valletta, Malta to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi route planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shimogamo Jinja and Pontocho District. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nara

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.
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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka route builder app.

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Naoshima-cho

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, then head off the coast to Naoshima, and finally admire the striking features of Art House Project.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Nezu Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo Disneyland about 38 minutes away.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Tokyo in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.