17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lugano
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Lugano

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ginza Mitsukoshi, Akihabara, Senso-ji Temple, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Sankeien Gardens. Shop till you drop at Asakusa and Yokohama Chinatown. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasukuni Shrine, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route website .

Lugano, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lugano to Tokyo is 8 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine as well as Todai-ji Temple. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Kyoto on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

1
night
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 Monkey Park Iwatayama as well as Gion. On the 12th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama and then take a stroll through Gion.

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Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Gion
Gion
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

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Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

1
night
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 Ground Zero, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online journey builder .

Traveling by train from Nara to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
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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
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Nipponbashi Denden Town, Ginkaku-ji Temple, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Shin Umeda City. See even more of Osaka: don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Ginkakuji Temple
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Imperial Palace. On the 18th (Wed), browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and then explore the wide array of goods at Isetan Shinjuku Store.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Isetan Shinjuku Store
Isetan Shinjuku Store
Diver City Tokyo Plaza ©
Diver City Tokyo Plaza

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