17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Les Genevez
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Kamakura
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Ujitawara-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Nara
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Shirahama-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Paris

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.
On the 11th (Sat), discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Les Genevez, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Les Genevez - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

few
hours
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in and then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamakura online holiday planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

1
night
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 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
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.
On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, thenget to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, thensee the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ujitawara-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Ujitawara-cho

Ujitawara-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jizozenin Temple, don't miss a visit to kaijyusenji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoju-in, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarumaru Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ujitawara-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ujitawara-cho takes an hour. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ujitawara-cho, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Ujitawara-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jizozenin Temple, kaijyusenji Temple
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Shoju-in ©
Shoju-in
kaijyusenji Temple ©
kaijyusenji Temple
Sarumaru Shrine ©
Sarumaru Shrine

few
hours
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 18th (Sat), look and learn at Kamo Planetarium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Ujitawara-cho to Nara in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Kamo Planetarium
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2
nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kids will enjoy Adventure World and Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuroshima Observatory (in Susami-cho) and Tanabe (Kisaikan Farmers Market, Cape Tenjin-zaki, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Shirarahama Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Sandambeki Rock Cliff, and meet the residents at Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirahama-cho tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nara to Shirahama-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tanabe, Kuroshima Observatory
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Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University ©
Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Kuchu Teien Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka route builder website.

You can drive from Shirahama-cho to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Shirahama-cho in April, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji
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Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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