17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Nara
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 5 nights

5
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 day by day itinerary now includes Matsumoto Castle, Mount Fuji and KidZania Tokyo. Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto Castle, Tokyo Disneyland, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hachidai Shrine. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple and then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Kashihara Children's Science Museum, see the sky in a new way at Kamo Planetarium, then get curious at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Kizugawa, Kashihara Children's Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Kid's Science Museum of Photons ©
The Kid's Science Museum of Photons
Kashihara Children's Science Museum ©
Kashihara Children's Science Museum
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

5
nights
Osaka

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Matsue Castle, Himeji Castle and Ninja-Do. Family-friendly places like Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Koko-en will thrill your kids. There's more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. You will leave for home on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Himeji, Matsue Castle
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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