17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  6​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

6
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 Oshino Hakkai, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Shanghai, China to Tokyo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Shanghai to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oshino Hakkai
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

7
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.
You've added Heian Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nishiki Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Mt. Kurama and Shimogamo Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour builder app .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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 added Shitennoji Temple, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Dotonbori, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Gion in Kyoto, about 1 hour away.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji

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