17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Kumano
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Kumano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
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Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Kencho-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Engaku-ji Temple and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade, get behind the scenes at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, and examine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Visit Nezu Shrine and Katori Jingu Shrine for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mitsumine Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Saitama), Katori (Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori & Tada Asahimori Inari Shrine) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). See some other sides of Tokyo: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and stop by Ueno District.

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You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Kumano

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Ruins of Akagi Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ubuta Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiuma Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves.

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Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Kumano with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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Getting from Kumano to Osaka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): visit Ginza.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.