17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
10
Nara
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in May: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 2nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip site .

You can fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Osaka in June, with highs in Miyakojima at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Hakone-machi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in June: high temperatures in Hakone-machi hover around 23°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fuji.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Museums Parks
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get great views at Obuchi Sasaba, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Fuji trip maker website .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fuji in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally walk around Nikko National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nikko online trip planner .

You can drive from Fuji to Nikko in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 6th (Thu), hike along Nishinosato Promenade, contemplate the long history of Komine Castle Remains, and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Nikko to Shirakawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nikko in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Shirakawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Outdoors Trails Wildlife
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Takayama takes 6 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip tool .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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night
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 11th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In June in Nara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine Torii for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Mikasahama Beach (in Hatsukaichi) and Saijo (in Higashihiroshima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and stop by Monokoto Store.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Nara to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Saijo
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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 15th (Sat): take a stroll through Akihabara, then get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and finally take a stroll through Ginza.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planning website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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