17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  7​h 30​min
6
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in June, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Osaka Castle in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally examine the collection at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Yamazaki River, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinmaiko Marine Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shinmaiko Marine Park
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip planner .

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then stroll through Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kanazawa to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 34°C and lows about 29°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Akabaka Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

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