17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2 h
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
6
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Fujinomiya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Hokuto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
12
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hatsukaichi due to the time zone difference. In December, Hatsukaichi is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

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night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker app.

Hiroshima is very close to Hatsukaichi. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi tour website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Nagano.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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Nagano

Nagano
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Togakushi, head outdoors with Togakushi Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Iizuna Kogen Ski Area, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary planning website.

Take a bus from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Ogawa
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Iizuna Kogen Ski Area
Iizuna Kogen Ski Area
Mt. Togakushi ©
Mt. Togakushi

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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 26th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. On the next day, take a stroll through Odaiba and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Nagano - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya ©
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and then tee off at River Fuji Country Club.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fujinomiya road trip app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujinomiya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Fujinomiya are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fuji
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River Fuji Country Club ©
River Fuji Country Club

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Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mizugaki, admire the sheer force of Shojigataki Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom.

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You can drive from Fujinomiya to Hokuto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fujinomiya in December; daily highs in Hokuto reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hokuto

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt. Mizugaki ©
Mt. Mizugaki

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and then glide through natural beauty at HIda Funayama Snow Resort Arkopia.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takayama travel route site.

Traveling by car from Hokuto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Takayama are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 31st (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Koya-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Koya-cho: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Osaka Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planning app.

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Koya-cho in December since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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