17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, stop by Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool.

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Tokyo. In May, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, make a trip to Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Tokyo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): meet the residents at Ueno Zoo and then walk around Ueno Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online journey planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.