17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Towada
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 45 min
7
Nikko
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Gold Coast

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 12th (Sun), hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi visit planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Hakone-machi is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Gold Coast in April, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Baths Spas
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Takayama hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
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 Kinkaku-ji. Step off the beaten path and head to Amanohashidate and Chion-in Temple. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get your game on at NINJA VR KYOTO, and have fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get outside with Paddle Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Paddle Park
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

1
night
Towada

Towada
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Towada trip app .

Getting from Osaka to Towada by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Towada to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Towada

Parks Historic Sites Nature

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kanaya Hotel History House, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then hike along Odashirogahara, then explore the stunning scenery at Setoai-kyo Canyon, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko visit planner.

You can take a train from Towada to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Towada in April, with highs in Nikko at 19°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House

2
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 Mount Fuji as well as Aokigahara Forest. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Aokigahara Forest.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nikko in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bon Voyage, Aokigahara Forest, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Aokigahara Forest ©
Aokigahara Forest
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji as well as Aokigahara Forest. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island). Venture out of the city with trips to Jogashima Island (in Jogashima), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary site .

On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Jogashima Island, Aokigahara Forest, Mt. Takao, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) ©
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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