17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Doha

3
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.
Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering around Odaiba. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Ginza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary creator.

If you are flying in from Qatar, the closest major airports are Tokyo International Airport and Narita International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dotonbori, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
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.
Spend a day outdoors on the 9th (Sun) with Arashiyama. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Hall, and ponder the world of politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerery planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Osaka in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then let the kids burn off some steam at Kobe City Oji Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arima Onsen, and then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki herb garden / ropeway.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe travel itinerary creator.

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. April in Kobe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Chinatown (Nankinmachi) ©
Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Tenjin Underground City, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kōmyōzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and finally explore and take pictures at Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kobe to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Dazaifu
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Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple

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