17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Nara
— 2 nights
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
6
Nagano
— 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Kennin-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and go for a walk through Gion.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Kyoto is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Juan to Kyoto. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Sanjodori Street, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nara trip builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nara, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): expand your horizons at Yoshinogari Historical Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, thentake in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, get outside with Katsuma Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, thentake an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nara to Fukuoka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Fukuoka when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around °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

Nanzoin, Yoshinogari Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, thenshop like a local with Schmoe House, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker app.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Yanaka District, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planning tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. 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
Ueno District ©
Ueno District
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, thentake an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanada House.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagano are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

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