17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Jakarta
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + train:  14​h 45​min
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  45​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h
Jakarta

2
days
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 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Glover Garden, and then step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15-hour combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in October: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 27°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

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Glover Garden
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
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Nagasaki Peace Park

2
days
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 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

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You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

1
day
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 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden ©
Kokoen Garden
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

4
days
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, parks, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and head outdoors with Arashiyama.

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Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

2
days
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Gokayama, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Samurai House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
days
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 sightseeing, historic sites, shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, look for gifts at The Tsukiji Market, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu ©
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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