17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Samurai Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Croix to Tokyo is 13 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from St. Croix in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kobe

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Tue), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kobe travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature · Parks · Museums · Baths

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
On the 15th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.