17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Takamatsu
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— Few hours
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Karuizawa-machi
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, then take a stroll through Odaiba District, and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Lake Kawaguchi) and Fujiyoshida (Arakurayama Sengen Park & Chureito Pagoda). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, stroll around Onshi Hakone Park, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi road trip site.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

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Takamatsu

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu journey builder site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Takamatsu by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Takamatsu to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Bansuiso, examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama route maker app.

Drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

few
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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.
For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: stop by Gion.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

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Karuizawa-machi

The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Get out of town with these interesting Karuizawa-machi side-trips: Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi) and Ueda Castle (in Ueda). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tombo no Yu, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip maker site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Karuizawa-machi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Karuizawa-machi: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

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Tokyo

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Ueno Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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.