17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
You've added Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, Shinjuku Golden Gai, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, visit Akihabara, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©

2
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 Nara Park as well as Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get your game on at Ninja-Do and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For photos, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka vacation site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Bee’s Knees. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, make a trip to Arashiyama, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Bee’s Knees.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daio Wasabi Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in February; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Daio Wasabi Farm, Matsumoto Castle
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

2
nights
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 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagano trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by shuttle from Hakuba-mura to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yubatake
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with a short trip to Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple in Nagano (about 3h 15 min away). See some other sides of Tokyo: take a stroll through Ginza, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden, and stroll around Ueno Park.

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Take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Ninomaru Garden ©
Ninomaru Garden

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