17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 9 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Osaka

— 9 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, wander the streets of Sakae, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and finally make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Urban Institute, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

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Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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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.