17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stop by Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, shop like a local with Dotombori District, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 28th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji travel planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Higashihirao Park, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Fukuoka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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 1st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip site.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kanazawa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, walk around Rikugien Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.