17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Onomichi
— Few hours
bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Imabari
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Onomichi
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Fukuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Asakusa, get all the equipment you need at Kimono Me, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday planning website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

2
nights
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 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

few
hours
Onomichi

Onomichi
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Onomichi vacation builder website .

Onomichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, expect nights in Onomichi to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Imabari Castle, kick back and relax at Hoshinoura Seaside Park, and then head outdoors with Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Imabari trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Onomichi to Imabari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Imabari are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Onomichi.

Things to do in Imabari

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Imabari Castle ©
Imabari Castle

few
hours
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
Shimanami Rental Bike - Shimanami Japan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple and then head outdoors with Shimanami Rental Bike - Shimanami Japan.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Onomichi trip planner .

Take a bus from Imabari to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Imabari in October, expect Onomichi to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Onomichi

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple

1
night
Fukuyama

Fukuyama ©
A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): head off the coast to Hyakkan Island and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuzen-ji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Fukuyama trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Onomichi to Fukuyama takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuyama can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tomo no Ura ©
Tomo no Ura

6
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 inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Higashiyama (Sanjusangendo Temple & Kiyomizu-dera Temple) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planning site .

Drive from Fukuyama to Osaka in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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