17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary builder

This plan was created by another inspirock user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
Train:  3 h
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Guadalajara

few
hours
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel planner.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. When traveling from Guadalajara in December, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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 out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

Similar Plans

19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan & Taipei BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in Japan BY A USER FROM URUGUAY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BELGIUM October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans