17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Bus
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Miyajima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor plenty of shopping. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Dotombori District, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally walk around Nara Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount Fuji and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Furusato Bunka Denshokan (in Minami Alps), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takeda Shrine, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in September: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Moroiso Shores and Hojo Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Beaches

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.