17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  31​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  33​h
End: Curitiba

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.
Have a day of magic on the 10th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

Curitiba, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Curitiba in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally stroll through Himeji Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji journey builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Himeji in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

5
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, make a trip to Shinsaibashi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary planner .

You can drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or take a train. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 18th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take a stroll through Gion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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