17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and then take a stroll through Odaiba District. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Asakusa, stroll around Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), thenadmire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get outside with Eeyan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Osaka trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nara Park, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Gyoja no Taki
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sagano Romantic Train as well as Hozugawa River Boat Ride. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get in touch with nature at Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course and Yodoryokuchi Park. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 28th (Wed).

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, thenhike along Momiji Tunnel, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi journey builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Theme Parks Baths

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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Akihabara, and then shop like a local with Ginza. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, thenadmire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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