17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Koya-cho
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take a stroll through Akihabara, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Lyon, France to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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.
You've now added Koyasan Station to your itinerary. Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Nigatsu-do Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en, &more) and Naruto (The Naruto German House & Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planning tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Tokushima, Naruto, Koyasan Station
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Koyasan Okunoin. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muryokoin.

Plan my day in Koya-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Koyasan Station has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kongo, make a trip to Koyasan Station, thensee the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka travel planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koyasan Station, Mt. Kongo
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya and Fuuka-Kimono. Appreciate the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nagoya (Tokugawa Art Museum & Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Nagoya
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi travel planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 6th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thenponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, thenadmire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Odaiba District and then make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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