17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Mori Art Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally examine the collection at Noritake no Mori. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology, then view the masterpieces at Gyaruri Momogusa, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Chiryu City History Folk Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Hosomi Museum. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions website.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Osaka

— 3 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.
Osaka Castle and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Modern Transportation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, visit Dotombori District, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town. On your second day here, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Kanazawa Kashi Kigata Art Museum, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kanazawa by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.