17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Dublin

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Tokyo is 9 hours. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro (in Oyamazaki-cho), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Tower Knives Osaka, & more) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji, Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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