17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Oita
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Beppu
— 3 nights
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Yufu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Oita

The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oita online trip maker.

Edmonton, Canada to Oita is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. While traveling from Edmonton, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Oita, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 25°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Beppu.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Beppu

— 3 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, then get in on the family fun at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryuganji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oita Prefectural Museum of History.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Beppu online road trip planner.

Beppu is just a short distance from Oita. In September in Beppu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 1st (Tue), do a tasting at Yufuin Winery, get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection, explore the world behind art at Comico Art Museum Yufuin, then stop by Wahaha, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Azamidai Observatory. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Yufu River Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yamabuki Suigen, then don't miss a visit to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chinda Fall.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yufu online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Beppu to Yufu in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Yufu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Honen-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, go for a walk through Nanzenji Suirokaku, then admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour builder website.

You can fly from Yufu to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall, stroll around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally have a few drinks at PC and Retro Bar Space Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien, then browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, then walk around Minoo Park, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Kobe

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Sorakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, let little ones run wild at Suma Rikyu Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, and finally see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Maiko Marine Promenade, get your game on at KidZania Koshien, examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe online journey planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Daitoku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, then explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daimonji, then take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku, then have fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and finally admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, stroll around Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, then walk around Mizumoto Park, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanazono Shrine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, enjoy the sand and surf at Futtsu Beach, head outdoors with Kamakura Hiking Trails, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, then stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

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.