17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gotemba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Toyama
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Gotemba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
On the 12th (Sun), tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, take in nature's colorful creations at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gotemba vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Gotemba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Gotemba are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Tokyo DisneySea. Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gotemba to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gotemba in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Shima, then go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, don't miss a visit to Nishi Tea House Street, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then engage your brain at Cosmo Isle Hakui, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Cosmo Isle Hakui
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D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Cosmo Isle Hakui ©
Cosmo Isle Hakui

1
day
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, admire the striking features of Toyama Denki Building, then step into the grandiose world of Toyama Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyama tour builder app .

Toyama is just a short distance from Kanazawa. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Toyama Castle ©
Toyama Castle
Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app .

Kanazawa is very close to Toyama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

2
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 21st (Tue): look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
day
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
See even more of Kyoto: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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