17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Osaka
— 4 nights

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

Discover how to plan a Tokyo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Ogi Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at Umanose, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Icerink Sendai. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, thendon't miss a visit to Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, thenmake a trip to Sendai Station, and finally get engrossed in the history at Prefectural Administration Public Relations Exhibition Room.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai trip website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Sendai are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, Umanose, Shiogama Shrine
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Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum ©

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 5th (Mon), make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, thenmake a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station. Keep things going the next day: visit Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

Take a train from Sendai to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Osaka

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Ninja-Do, admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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