17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour, Shibuya Crossing, Hitachi Seaside Park, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Robot Restaurant.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Hitachi Seaside Park
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, explore the striking landscape at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold, and then don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online travel planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, you will find days in Hiroshima are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai ©
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Planets TOKYO, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou and Shibuya Crossing. On the 1st (Sun), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ginza and then have fun at teamLab Planets TOKYO.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Ginza ©
Ginza
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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