17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  20​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Fuji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Higashiagatsuma-machi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Los Angeles

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 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka tour planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Osaka, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nara.

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

1
day
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 26th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tōdai-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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

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.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally get great views at Kiyomizu-dera.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Kyoto is very close to Nara. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fuji: Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura), Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Fuji sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji, Shiraito Falls, Fuji-Q Highland, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

7
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder.

Take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Higashiagatsuma-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Higashiagatsuma-machi

Higashiagatsuma-machi
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along Agatsuma Canyon and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Higashiagatsuma-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Higashiagatsuma-machi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Higashiagatsuma-machi are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Higashiagatsuma-machi

Nature Parks Spas
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