17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
You've added Shibuya Crossing, Omotesando Hills, Harajuku Station, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ueno.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo. In March, Tokyo is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Omotesando Hills ©
Omotesando Hills
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ueno ©
Ueno

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.
You've added Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Gion, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Kiyamachi Samboa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and then take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. You'll set off for Osaka on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens as well as Himeji Castle. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online road trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sapporo Clock Tower as well as Sapporo Beer Museum. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are colder, around 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
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.
Mount Hakodate has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a stroll through Motomachi.

Make your Hakodate itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 41°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hakodate Morning Market ©
Hakodate Morning Market
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inokashira Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks

Side Trip

Inokashira Park
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Inokashira Park ©
Inokashira Park

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