17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Nanjo
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Head to Minato Mirai 21 and Harajuku Takeshita-dorifor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Omotesando.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from Dubai in September, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and then take a stroll through Motomachi. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakodate online travel route planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in September, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

1
night
Nanjo

With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall, then contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, then appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nanjo tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Nanjo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in September: high temperatures in Nanjo hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanjo

Tours Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman, Ashibina Outlet Mall
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

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 25th (Tue), head outdoors with Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Nagamachi District, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Nanjo to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nanjo in September, with highs in Kanazawa at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Nagamachi District ©
Nagamachi District

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Wakasa Wada Beach and Shirahama Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo-jo Castle and Tofuku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey maker website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Takahama-cho
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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