17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  3​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Yokohama
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Doha

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.
Family-friendly places like KidZania Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yomiuri Land and Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool .

Osaka to Tokyo is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yomiuri Land, Mitsumine Shrine, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Yomiuri Land ©
Yomiuri Land

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, walk around Nanko Park, then get engrossed in the history at Kominejo Catsle History Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, and finally steep yourself in history at Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shirakawa takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Shirakawa: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Yamate Italian Garden, examine the collection at Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Kodomo-no-Kuni, then engage your brain at Toshiba Science Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yokohama attractions planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Yokohama in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shirakawa in December; daily highs in Yokohama reach 14°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Toshiba Science Museum
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Kodomo-no-Kuni ©
Kodomo-no-Kuni
Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum ©
Toshiba Science Museum ©
Toshiba Science Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara online trip maker .

You can take a train from Yokohama to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Amanohashidate View Land. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Hirakata Park (in Hirakata) and Suma Aqualife Park Kobe (in Suma). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and stroll around Nakanoshima Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, Hirakata Park, Nishinomiya Shrine, Amanohashidate View Land, Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

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