17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 1 night
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, thentake a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Osaka reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Osaka in May; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately Nara away. Explore Osaka further: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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