17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Shimizu-cho
— Few hours
2
Kanazawa
— 1 day
3
Hashima
— 1 night
4
Shingu
— 1 night
5
Takamatsu
— 1 night
6
Kagoshima
— 1 night
7
Nagasaki
— 1 night
8
Karatsu
— 1 night
9
Hiroshima
— 1 night
10
Kyoto
— 2 nights
11
Chuo
— 1 night
12
Tokyo
— 4 nights


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Shimizu-cho

Shimizu-cho
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Maruyama Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimizu-cho trip itinerary website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Shimizu-cho is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Shimizu-cho. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shimizu-cho, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shimizu-cho to Kanazawa. When traveling from Shimizu-cho in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hashima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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Hashima

Hashima
To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hashima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hashima by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Hashima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Shingu.

Things to do in Hashima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Shingu

Shingu
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shingu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hashima to Shingu takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Shingu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll set off for Takamatsu on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Shingu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, let little ones run wild at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally make a trip to Kikugetsutei.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu journey planning site.

Getting from Shingu to Takamatsu by car takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Takamatsu when traveling from Shingu in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Kikugetsutei ©
Kikugetsutei

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima online travel route planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Kagoshima by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki online vacation planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Karatsu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Karatsu

Karatsu
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Karatsu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Karatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Karatsu when traveling from Nagasaki in April, with lows around 19°C. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Karatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Getting from Karatsu to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Karatsu in April, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chuo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Chuo

Chuo ©
Chūō-ku is one of 23 wards of Osaka, Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Chuo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Chuo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and tram. In April, daily temperatures in Chuo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chuo

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Tokyo is just a short distance from Chuo. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 17th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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