17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Nikko
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights

4
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.
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: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). 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 19-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

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
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 lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
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 fly; 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 · Winter Sports
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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.
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 Asakusafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, visit Tabinaka Inc,, 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 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
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Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya ©
Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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