17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
4
Kobe
— 1 night
Train
5
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Hirakata
— 1 night
Drive
9
Nara
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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 list of things to see and do now includes Takeshita Street, Harajuku Station, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday tool.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Kyoto

— 3 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 in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arima Onsen as well as Kobe Harborland. On the 10th (Wed), take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kobe itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kikugetsutei, go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu sightseeing website.

Take a train from Kobe to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 47°F in Takamatsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 12th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Osaka

— 2 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.
Osaka Free Walking Tour has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Ukiyokoji Street, then get the lay of the land with Osaka Free Walking Tour, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hirakata.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Neighborhoods

Hirakata

— 1 night
Hirakata is a city in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Hirakata T-Site has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Hirakata T-Site.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hirakata trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Hirakata takes an hour. November in Hirakata sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will leave for Nara on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Hirakata

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, then appreciate the views at Iwakura Valley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip maker.

You can drive from Hirakata to Nara in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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