17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 1 night
train:  4​h
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
6
Machida
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Urayasu
— 2 nights
subway:  30​min
End: Tokyo

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, ABC Cooking Travel, Asakusa, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Classes Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 6th (Fri): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa route maker tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Suganuma Gassho Community
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Higashiyama Walking Course as well as Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Takayama holiday planning website .

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Gion and Saihoji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Osaka Castle in Osaka, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machida.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Machida

Machida ©
Machida is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 429,040 and a population density of 5980 persons per km². On the 18th (Wed), head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Machida journey builder tool .

You can drive from Urayasu to Machida in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Urayasu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Machida, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 70°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Machida

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Urayasu trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Urayasu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a subway back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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