17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Miami

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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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 list of things to see and do now includes Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours, Yanaka District, Kimono Rental Asakusa Aiwafuku Shop 2, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Tokyo National Museum. Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ginza. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Akihabara, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo route builder tool.

Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miami in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 3 — 9:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kannrei has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kannrei, and then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River, and then step into the grandiose world of Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then test the waters at Hiroshima Stretch.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 Haru Cooking Class, Calligraphy Kyoto and Pontocho District. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Ninja Dojo and Store. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hida Bussankan as well as Hirayu no Yu, Hirayu Folk Museum. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): test the waters at Hirayu no Yu, Hirayu Folk Museum, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, then browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip builder website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 17th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima.

Make your Kanazawa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.