17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Fujikawaguchiko-machi and see Lake Kawaguchi, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the exciting artwork at Wa Space, stop by Ginza, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Tokyo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
4.4
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Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2

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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 some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Nishijin Textile Center will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, 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. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, then don't miss a visit to Byodoin, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Nara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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Must see
Nara Park
4.5
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World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
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Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4

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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.
Dotombori District and Himeji Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Must see
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0

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Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nirai Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of The Site of Chibana Castle.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Okinawa City trip builder website.

Getting from Osaka to Okinawa City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Beach
Sunset Beach
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.8

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Okinawa City to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Neighborhood
Akihabara
3.9
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Neighborhood
Omotesando
3.9

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