17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Narita
— 1 day
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Athens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Meiji Jingu Gaien and Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip tool .

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Athens to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Yuryo as well as Owaku-dani Valley. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley and then relax and rejuvenate at Hakone Yuryo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Yuryo ©
Hakone Yuryo
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

4
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 Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kazuemachi Tea House Street, Seisonkaku Villa, Ninja Temple, and other attractions. On the 1st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
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Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You've now added Zenko-ji Temple to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagano holiday planning app .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in December, with highs in Nagano at 43°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Kamakura Komachidori, Hase-dera Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kichijoji and Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 54°F and lows are around 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Musashino, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

1
day
Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Narita trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Narita, with lows of 34°F. You will leave for home on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

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