17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
5
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
6
Tokyo
— 1 night

4
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.
You've added Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), teamLab☆Planets, Mega Web, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: stroll around Ueno Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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.
You've now added Tempozan Ferris Wheel to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park). There's more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

3
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 Gion. Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 11th (Fri), go for a walk through Deai Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, thendon't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, thensteep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Shirakawago and then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Shirakawa-mura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Azumino Chihiro Park and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Azumino (Daio Wasabi Farm & Azumino Swiss Village) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Shin Tembo Hiroba Rainbow Terrace). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, take a stroll through Hakuba, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and take in the awesome beauty at Kitaone Kogen Highland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura online holiday planner.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in December: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Azumino, Tateyama-machi, Matsukawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Azumino Chihiro Park ©
Azumino Chihiro Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mega Web, National Museum of Nature and Science and Akihabara. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Mega Web, thenget curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Theme Parks Neighborhoods
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Mega Web ©
Mega Web
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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