17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Bologna


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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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Shimokitazawafor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Railway Museum and teamLab Borderless. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kencho-ji Temple), Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take a stroll through Ueno, and steep yourself in history at Yasukuni Shrine.

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Bologna, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bologna to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bologna, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Saitama, Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toshodaiji Temple and Dotonbori. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, get a taste of the local shopping with Midosuji Street, and enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sakurai, Nara
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shimogamo Jinja and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Kennin-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Motoyasu River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Daishoin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Seishin Tsurui, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and browse the different shops at Asse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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