17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

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 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Glover Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.