17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
plane:  24​h
1
Oita
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Beppu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Yufu
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

few
hours
Oita

Oita
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oita driving holiday planning site .

Edmonton, Canada to Oita is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. While traveling from Edmonton, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Oita, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 25°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toBeppu.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, get in on the family fun at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryuganji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oita Prefectural Museum of History.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu online itinerary planner .

Beppu is very close to Oita. In September, daytime highs in Beppu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Usa, Matama Beach, Doctor Oe History Museum, Monjusenji Temple
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Higashi Shiya Falls ©
Higashi Shiya Falls
Monjusenji Temple ©
Monjusenji Temple
B-Con Plaza, Global Tower ©
B-Con Plaza, Global Tower

2
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): do a tasting at Yufuin Winery, take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, then admire the masterpieces at Comico Art Museum Yufuin, then look for gifts at Wahaha, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Azamidai Observatory. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Yufu River Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Yamabuki Suigen, then delve into the distant past at Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, and finally admire the sheer force of Chinda Fall.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yufu planner .

Drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Yufu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Taketa, Yamabuki Suigen, Chinda Fall
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Chinda Fall ©
Chinda Fall
Comico Art Museum Yufuin ©
Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chishaku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Honen-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku, then admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip website .

Getting from Yufu to Kyoto by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ishiyamadera Temple, Miho Museum
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Food Tours
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to The Symphony Hall, walk around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at PC and Retro Bar Space Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, then stroll around Minoo Park, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Mon) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nara, Minoo Park
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park

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nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Sorakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, then let little ones run wild at Suma Rikyu Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, and finally see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, take in the views from Maiko Marine Promenade, get your game on at KidZania Koshien, see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kobe road trip planning website .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

KidZania Koshien, Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, Amore Beach
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Suma Rikyu Park ©
Suma Rikyu Park
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
KidZania Koshien ©
KidZania Koshien

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nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Daitoku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, then explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hosenin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, go for a walk through Nanzenji Suirokaku, then have some family-friendly fun at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planning site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Otsu, Miho Museum
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Daitoku-ji Temple ©
Daitoku-ji Temple
Food Tours
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple

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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 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, stroll around Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, walk around Mizumoto Park, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanazono Shrine. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Futtsu Beach, hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, then walk around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo holiday builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Futtsu Beach, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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