17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Fuji
— 1 day
Drive
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Hamamatsu
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Onomichi
— 1 night
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Imabari
— 1 day
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Onomichi
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo — 1 night

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.
To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning app.

Helsinki, Finland to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Matsumoto.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally stop by Nawate Shopping District. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Prince & Skyline Museum, then stroll around Tateishi Park, then stroll through Kirigamine Marshland, and finally walk around Shinshu SkyPark (Matsumoto-daira Wide Area Park).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Matsumoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Tokyo — 2 nights

On the 13th (Wed), take a stroll through Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fuji.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Fuji — 1 day

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then stroll around Iwamotoyama Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Fuji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hamamatsu.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Hamamatsu — 1 night

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamamatsu Flower Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinzaishu Hoko-ji temple Daihonzan Okuyama Hansobo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ryoun-ji Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamamatsu road trip website.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Hamamatsu takes 2 hours. April in Hamamatsu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, and finally contemplate the long history of Keage Incline.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Hamamatsu to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hamamatsu in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. You will leave for Yura-cho on the 17th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Yura-cho — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ena Hachiman Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hokoku-ji, and then walk around Shirasaki Ocean Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rensen-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kishu Railway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dojoji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Yuasa Important Traditional Building Preservation Area.

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Drive from Kyoto to Yura-cho in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Yura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

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 19th (Tue): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, make a trip to Umeda Sky Building, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yura-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Traveling from Yura-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shukkei-en Garden and Daishoin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Miyajima (Momijidani Park & Mt. Misen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Onomichi.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Onomichi — 1 night

A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Onomichi holiday planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to Imabari.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Imabari — 1 day

The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Imabari Castle, snap pictures at Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, then walk around Itoyama Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kurushima Straits Observation Hall.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Imabari tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Onomichi to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Imabari are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Onomichi.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Onomichi — 1 night

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Onomichi online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Imabari to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Imabari in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Onomichi, with lows of 10°C. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 24th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Hiroshima

On the 24th (Sun), explore the engaging exhibits at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Onomichi to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
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Tokyo — 2 nights

On the 25th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitanomaru Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and then stroll around Yokohama Negishi Forest Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Japan travel guide

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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.