17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Tokyo Cruise (Sumida River). Change things up with a short trip to The Great Buddha of Kamagaya in Kamagaya (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online itinerary builder .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, The Great Buddha of Kamagaya
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) as well as Mt. Fuji 5th Station. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi holiday planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Higashiyama Walking Course, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, contemplate the long history of Yoshijima Heritage House, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip builder website .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nomura Family Samurai House as well as Kenrokuen Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa attractions planner .

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District, Kinkaku-ji, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately 1h 10 min away.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyajima, Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, Atomic Bomb Dome, and other attractions you added.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Umeda Sky Building, Shitennoji, Dotonbori, and other attractions you added.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Free Walking Tour ©
Osaka Free Walking Tour

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