17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + Train:  17 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Uji
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h
8
Ise
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Osaka
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: Budapest

2
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've now added The National Museum of Art, Osaka to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotonbori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, and finally stroll around Nakanoshima Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Osaka is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in October, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Maiko Marine Promenade. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Maiko Marine Promenade, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then don't miss a visit to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kobe tour itinerary planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Port Tower ©
Kobe Port Tower
Maiko Marine Promenade ©
Maiko Marine Promenade

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shoshazan Ropeway as well as Shoshazan Engyoji. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Himeji is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shosei-en Garden, Toji, Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum, and other attractions. On the 21st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and finally examine the collection at Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, stroll around Arashiyama Park, Kameyama Area, take a tour by water with Hozugawa River Boat Ride, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nisonin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You'll set off for Uji on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

1
day
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
You've now added Asahiyaki to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, then take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uji tour planner.

Uji is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Byodoin Omote-sando ©
Byodoin Omote-sando
Ujigami Shrine ©
Ujigami Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Uji. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Daishino Koshikakeishi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho day trip site.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Ryusen-in Temple ©
Ryusen-in Temple

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 27th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Koya-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Jingu Chokokan Museum ©
Jingu Chokokan Museum

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naramachi. Step off the beaten path and head to Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall and Hase-dera Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip app.

Traveling by train from Ise to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Hase-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Asuka-dera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The National Museum of Art, Osaka. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, then explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and then get curious at Osaka Science Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday tool.

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Osaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
The National Museum of Art, Osaka ©
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Science Museum ©
Osaka Science Museum

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