17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Okayama
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Kita
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

few
hours
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.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. In August, Tokyo is warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, and then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

Before you visit Matsumoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

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 30th (Thu): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station and then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder app .

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
You've added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Arashiyama, Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get a tailor-made plan with Cycle Kyoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then get a tailor-made plan with Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest, and finally go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Cycle Kyoto ©
Cycle Kyoto
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Okayama on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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hours
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kita trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okayama to Kita. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, about 30 minutes away. See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Kita to Tokyo with the Route module. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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