17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  17​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Munich, Germany to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Osaka is 8 hours. When traveling from Munich in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

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
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 17th (Tue), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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), make a trip to Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, wander the streets of Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara tour itinerary app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

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

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
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 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then stroll around Nikko National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Nikko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

2
nights
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Tobu Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Kawaguchi Green Center, and then don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kawaguchi trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kawaguchi takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tobu Zoo, Lake Teganuma
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchi Green Center ©
Kawaguchi Green Center
Lake Teganuma ©
Lake Teganuma
Tobu Zoo ©
Tobu Zoo

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