17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pokemon Center Osaka. Head to Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotomborifor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Nara Park and Himeji Central Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in March; daily highs in Osaka reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Step out of the city life by going to Hero Tour Japan and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on Nikko Base.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nikko trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 13°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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.
Akihabara has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya and Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, visit Asakusa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip site.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:

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.