17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  8​h
6
Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then stroll around Nikko National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning website .

Mumbai, India to Nikko is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3 hours. When traveling from Mumbai in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner .

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip maker .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

3
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): walk around Sainokawara Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine, then make a trip to Ikaho Stone Steps, then get to know the resident critters at Kusatsu Nettaiken, and finally steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi day trip app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kusatsu-machi by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kusatsu-machi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ikaho Stone Steps, Haruna Shrine
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
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