17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + train:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
7
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
9
Nikko
— 1 day
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Mint Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally wander the streets of Midosuji Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kinpusenji Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Osaka. Traveling from London in March, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple.

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Take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nara online trip maker .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jonangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daigo-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, and then wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo Shrine

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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi vacation app .

Hatsukaichi is just a short distance from Hiroshima. April in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Ueno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hikawa Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, then stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally take a stroll through Yanaka.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hatsukaichi to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Hikawa Shrine
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Hikawa Shrine ©
Hikawa Shrine

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 10th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai.

Start your trip to Nikko by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chuzenji Temple ©
Chuzenji Temple
Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation tool .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kiunkaku, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 12th (Sun), take a stroll through Kagurazaka.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
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Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

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