17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Istanbul

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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Wa Space. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi to see Lake Kawaguchi about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, shop like a local with Asakusa, and explore the galleries of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Tokyo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Gion, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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 7th (Mon), look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, walk around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nara National Museum, see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, then contemplate the long history of Byodoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Byodoin, Kurozuka Kofun Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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.
Let the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The World Money Box Museum, Himeji Castle, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Mt. Koya, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nirai Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at The Site of Chibana Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Okinawa City itinerary maker .

You can fly from Osaka to Okinawa City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Sunset Beach, Nirai Beach, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
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Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 14th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and then wander the streets of Akihabara.

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You can fly from Okinawa City to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Omotesando ©
Omotesando
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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