17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Konohana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Diego


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5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get in touch with nature at Yunotsu Onsen and Mt. Misen. Get some historical perspective at Senkoji & Senkoji Park and Daishoin Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Mikasahama Beach), Ishitsuchiyamakusari Shugyo (in Onomichi) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taikodani Inari Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Mochiishi Seacoast, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool .

San Diego, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In February, Hiroshima is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Oda, Kure, Taikodani Inari Shrine
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

5
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.
Visit Kodai-ji Temple and Heian Shrine for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pontocho and Shimogamo Jinja. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokyoji Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Fushimi Sake Village.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kasuga Grand Shrine, Byodoin, Hikone Castle, Yasaka Shrine
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Konohana

Konohana ©
On the 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Seaside Cosmo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Konohana trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Konohana takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Konohana can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Konohana

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ueno and Koajiro Forest. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum and Samurai Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita), Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Yanaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Konohana to Tokyo. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Koajiro Forest, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Hase-dera Temple, Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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