17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  11​h
End: Kathmandu

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route maker website .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kathmandu in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour builder tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, Kanazawa is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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5
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Nigatsu-do Temple, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, Jindoji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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