17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
You've added Senso-ji Temple, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Skytree, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and stop by Akihabara.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.