17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

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 2nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ogonzan, explore the world behind art at Izumi Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asahiyama Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond of Peace, and finally see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hiroshima. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get much colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 11°C and lows about 2°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Susanoo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yodoko Guesthouse, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Sawa no Tsuru Museum, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Daimaru Kobe.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Namba City and Aeon Mall Osaka Domecity. Chuguji Temple and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Saidaiji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall), Tada Shrine (in Kawanishi) and Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Abeno Harukas Art Museum, make a trip to Tempozan Market Place, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and steep yourself in history at Tekijuku.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip app.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), cast your line with Hero Tour Japan, gear up at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, steep yourself in history at Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sekizanzenin, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Koryu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamiya Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, then admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokuharamitsuji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

1
night
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, then expand your horizons at IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, then look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, and finally see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Classes

Side Trip

2
nights
Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Sumikawa Snow Park and then hit the slopes at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sendai trip site.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Sendai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Sendai sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
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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.
Hozomon and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Samukawa Shrine and Fire Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Yabo Tenmangu (in Kunitachi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, make a trip to Yushima Seido, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Anahachimangu.

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You can take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Sendai in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

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.