17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
Train:  30 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Daegu

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Miho Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Miyazu and see Amanohashidate, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip tool.

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Miho Museum
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 some cultural insight at Osaka Castle and Kawasaki Good Times World. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mint Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe Fashion Museum (in Kobe) and Ikeda (Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum & Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dotombori District, take an in-depth tour of Kusuri no Doshomachi Archive, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and view the masterpieces at Hankyu Umeda Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Ikeda
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
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 7th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then explore the activities along Yamazaki River, and finally take a stroll through Sakae.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nara in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Sakae
Sakae

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Asama Volucano Museum, then stop by Onioshi Highway, then play a few rounds at Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Seto Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tsumagoi-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Tsumagoi-mura in 4.5 hours. May in Tsumagoi-mura sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Golf Outdoors Museums
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Asama Volucano Museum ©
Asama Volucano Museum

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Do your shopping at Pola Museum of Art and Asakusa. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi, approximately Hakone-machi away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tsumagoi-mura to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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