17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + train:  23​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Nagano
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  33​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
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.
Kennin-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto journey planning tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Kyoto is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 13 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Juan in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, take a stroll through Sanjodori Street, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara visit website .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, kick back and relax at Katsuma Beach, then examine the collection at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka holiday planner .

Getting from Nara to Fukuoka by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Nara in May, Fukuoka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nanzoin
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

2
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 10th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then take in the exciting artwork at Schmoe House, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Yanaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, and finally don't miss a visit to Sanada House.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagano trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

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