17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Iwami-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Diver City Tokyo Plaza. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and walk around Ueno Park.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Kofuku-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Iwami-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, contemplate the waterfront views at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Iwami-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Iwami-cho to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip tool.

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in April; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach and stroll through Kaiji Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 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.