17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
7
Nagasaki
— 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, then examine the collection at Dolls Museum, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online attractions planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple.

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Getting from Kyoto to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 6th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.