17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
8
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Barcelona

2
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Art Jeunesse Akihabara will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

Barcelona, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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 25th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and finally take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan). Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, steep yourself in history at Wada House, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thenlook for gifts at Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Takayama, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba, thensee the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally see the interesting displays at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagoya journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nagoya are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ama Shippoyaki Art Village
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, thencontemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto online route planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, visit Dotombori District, thentake a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, thensee the interesting displays at Dejima, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki visit planner.

Fly from Himeji to Nagasaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
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 4th (Sat), head off the coast to Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima attractions planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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