17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  32​h
End: St. Croix

3
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.
Do your shopping at teamLab Borderless and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi). Asakusa Shrine and Zojo-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, and make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning site .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 13 hours. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than St. Croix - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then shop like a local with Minami (Namba), then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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), appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kobe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Parks Museums
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

3
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 15th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning site .

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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