17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Narita
— 1 day
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Athens

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 list of things to see and do now includes 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), and other attractions. On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Athens to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in November, with highs in Tokyo at 62°F and lows at 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Yuryo, Owaku-dani Valley, Little Prince Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Little Prince Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Hakone Yuryo. Keep things going the next day: walk around Onshi Hakone Park, explore the historical opulence of Yamanaka Castle Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oyama Afuri Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izusan Jinja Shrine, Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple
Izusan Jinja Shrine ©
Izusan Jinja Shrine
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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 Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in November: highs in Kyoto hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, steep yourself in history at Shima, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally stroll around Kenrokuen Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirayama Hime Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, contemplate the long history of Sanada House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, examine the collection at Mizuno Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joko-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro Literary and Military School.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, Nagano is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of 43°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Engaku-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and Yanaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kichijoji (in Musashino), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba and take a peaceful walk through Yokohama Nature Sanctuary.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 54°F and 39°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Kichijoji, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Mt. Takao, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Engaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

1
day
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then don't miss a visit to Three-storied Pagoda, and finally contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Narita trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tokyo in December since evenings lows in Narita dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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