17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— Few hours
train:  3​h
4
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
9
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

few
hours
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 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kobe in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Nara on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

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

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Himeji Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

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
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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 29th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi road trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Odaiba, and walk around Ueno Park.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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