17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  38​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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.
Kishiwada Station Shpping Archade has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Kishiwada Station Shpping Archade.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner .

Charlotte, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Osaka. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shitennoji Temple, Kishiwada Station Shpping Archade
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sun), walk around Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, wander the streets of Dotonbori, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara sightseeing planning app .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Shopping Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District, Arashiyama and Hanamikoji Street. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Hanamikoji Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): go for a walk through Arashiyama, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taito Station Hiroshima Hondori as well as Okonomimura. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop and Aqua City Odaiba. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
On the 25th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujiyoshida day trip planning app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing tool .

Getting from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. On the 28th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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