17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kobe
— 1 day
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
6
Kamakura
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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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 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, make a trip to Kuromon Market, then look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Osaka is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel and then make a trip to Osaka City Central Hall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally get in on the family fun at SpaWorld.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing site.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

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

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Byodoin, Chubu Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then go for a walk through Kamakura Zushi Highland Cherry Blossom Trees, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kamakura online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Nagoya to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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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 Takaragawa Onsen, Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park (in Yamanakako-mura) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday site.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Takaragawa Onsen, Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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