17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine as well as Tokyo Midtown. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): browse the different shops at Tokyo Midtown and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Kahului, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 19 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kahului in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 54°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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teamLab Borderless
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tobu World Square, Akechidaira Observation Area, Kegon Falls, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Akechidaira Observation Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and then get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nature
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Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Nanzen-ji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nikko in December since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan as well as Universal Studios Japan. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Nabana no Sato has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nagoya vacation planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in January, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 43°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Sightseeing Cruise as well as The Hakone Open-Air Museum. On the 4th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get a new perspective on things with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi journey builder app .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), Tokyo DisneySea, Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, and other attractions to your itinerary. See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, visit Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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