17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston
Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Yamanashi
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
6
Kamakura
— 1 day
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  5 h
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
10
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
11
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Boston

2
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.
On the 6th (Fri), get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 62°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, and then stroll the grounds of Okumiya.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

1
day
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daitakesannaga Shrine, appreciate the views at Nishizawa Valley, then let the kids burn off some steam at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yamanashi tour app.

Drive from Tokyo to Yamanashi in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Yamanashi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Takeda Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Takeda Shrine ©
Takeda Shrine
Nishizawa Valley ©
Nishizawa Valley
Spas

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker app.

You can drive from Yamanashi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanashi in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 13th (Fri), head off the coast to Enoshima Island, then make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Hiroshima by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 16th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): wander the streets of Akihabara. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Odaiba and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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