17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 3 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine as well as Tokyo Midtown. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Tokyo Midtown and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Kahului, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 19 hours. Traveling from Kahului in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between °F and °F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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teamLab Borderless
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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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 the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), thencontemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Akechidaira Observation Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and then find something for the whole family at Tobu World Square.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Nikko to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are slightly colder, around °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
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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 list of things to see and do now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Nanzen-ji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Kyoto by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in December since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to °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: take a stroll through Dotombori District, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and visit Minami (Namba).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nabana no Sato. On the 3rd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more 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 a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, thenget great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In January in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Tours Outdoors Museums
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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 ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), Tokyo DisneySea, Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, and other attractions you added. See even more of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, shop like a local with Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. 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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