17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Charlotte

4
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 Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip website .

Charlotte, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Charlotte to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing website .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Hiroshima in May, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey builder .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in May, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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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

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