17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

2
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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then visit Odaiba. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Asakusa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

5
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.
Visiting Nara Park and Eeyan will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en), Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Chuo) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Nara Park, Gyoja no Taki
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sagano Romantic Train as well as Hozugawa River Boat Ride. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get interesting insight from Hozugawa River Boat Ride, get interesting insight from Sagano Romantic Train, walk around Yodoryokuchi Park, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally make a trip to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagano to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then hike along Momiji Tunnel, and finally stroll through Lake Kawaguchi. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Theme Parks Spas

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, stop by Akihabara, and then wander the streets of Ginza. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ginza ©
Ginza

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