17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Himeji
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Himeji is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Himeji is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Lisbon in August, with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Daikaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planning website.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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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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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.
On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara planning website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie

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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 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuyunoten Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, Koshien History Museum
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

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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 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kenrokuen Tiger Stone, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, and finally examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Shirayama Hime Shrine, Motorcar Museum of Japan
Highlights from your plan
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

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.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya route maker website.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally explore the ancient world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

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Traveling by car from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Nagoya in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Mishima
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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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 Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katori Jingu Shrine and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori. Get some cultural insight at Naritasan Omote Sando and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, make a trip to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Yokosuka, Naritasan Omote Sando
Highlights from your plan
Katori Jingu Shrine
Katori Jingu Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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