17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 day
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Megane Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Seafood market Nagasaki Port Dejima Wharf shop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki road trip planning site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in October, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Himeji

— 1 day
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.
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and visit Gion.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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 24th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Gokayama, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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