17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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Seattle, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Hiroshima. Traveling from Seattle in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

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 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then look for gifts at Hanakomichi, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

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.