17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Miyakojima

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 9th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Tomori no Amai, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, then get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, then see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Miyakojima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Miyakojima, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in October since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Takachiho-cho

— 1 day
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip builder.

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. In October, Takachiho-cho is little chillier than Miyakojima - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, then examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then look for gifts at Sugisho.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Site of Hiroshima Army Clothing Department, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Ogonzan, stroll around Motoujina Park, get curious at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology, then admire the masterpieces at Izumi Museum of Art, and finally shop like a local with Schmoe House.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 18th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, get engrossed in the history at Ainokura Minzokukan, admire the sheer force of Ubagataki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, examine the collection at Kitamaebune Ship Museum, engage your brain at Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, then examine the collection at Motorcar Museum of Japan, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongaku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll set off for Nikko on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Seichu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Mibu Municipal Museum of History and Folklore, contemplate the long history of Joraku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Okoto Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple, and finally Head underground at Utsuno Cave. Keep things going the next day: walk around Mibumachi Joshi Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko journey planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.