17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Nara
— 1 night
6
Takayama
— 1 night
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
8
Sendai
— 1 night
9
Nikko
— 1 night
10
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
11
Tokyo
— 2 nights

1
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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 28th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Hiroshima is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In April, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
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

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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, head off the coast to Naoshima, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Ando Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Naoshima-cho trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then wander the streets of Gion, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Ibaraki City Cultural Museum. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Dotombori District, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ibaraki City Cultural Museum, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara travel route builder.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, stop by Sanmachi Suji, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Takayama online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takayama, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

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night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Okunikkawa Ravine, admire the sheer force of Akiu Fall, admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, contemplate the long history of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and finally take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Sendai in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect nights in Sendai to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Akiu Fall ©
Akiu Fall
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Sendai to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Nikko sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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 10th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip planning app.

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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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.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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