17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Drive + Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
10
Nikko
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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 list of things to see and do now includes Art Jeunesse Akihabara, Takeshita Street, Asakusa, and other attractions. On the 25th (Wed), wander the streets of Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally wander the streets of Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, walk around Ueno Park, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in March, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Art Jeunesse Akihabara ©
Art Jeunesse Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Hakone Open-Air Museum as well as Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Theme Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
You've added Lake Kawaguchi, THE HIGHEST PEAK, Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden ©
Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saho River. On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then explore the activities along Saho River, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nara online vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Omicho Market, Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa, Nagamachi Neighborhood, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online journey planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama road trip planning website .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Japan Radio Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum.

Plan trip to Matsumoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prince & Skyline Museum, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mori Art Museum, Rikugien Garden, Kurand Sake Market, Ueno, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sankeien Gardens and Yokohama Chinatown. Enjoy Tokyo some more: see the interesting displays at Koishikawa Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Art Jeunesse Akihabara ©
Art Jeunesse Akihabara
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 9th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally stroll around Nikko National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Nikko trip maker website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

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