17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— Few hours
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner .

Valletta, Malta to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Valletta to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 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
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
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 traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
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.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Pontocho.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 17th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
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 landmark architecture of Art House Project.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. 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
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Food Tours
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

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