17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  14​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Nikko
— 5 nights
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Helsinki

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nara Park and Universal Studios Japan. Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Nijo-jo Castle, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Mount Koyasan & Koyasan Okunoin). There's more to do: wander the streets of Dotonbori and examine the collection at Japan Mint.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation site .

Helsinki, Finland to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in April: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara Park
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, then examine the collection at Zuihoden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Nakayamadaira Onsen, take in the dramatic natural features at Naruko Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Sendai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Osaki, Risshaku-ji Temple, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
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Naruko Valley ©
Naruko Valley
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)

5
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Visit Semba Boadwalk and Taiyuimbyo Shrine for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Chuzenji and Yutaki Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi), Minamiaizu-machi (Oe Wetlands & Takashimizu Shizen Koen) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands, Nasu Animal Kingdom, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, cruise along Lake Chuzenji Skyline, and explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Sendai to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Nikko sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Nasu-machi, Minamiaizu-machi, Semba Boadwalk, Fukuroda Falls
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Head to Omotesando and Asakusafor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, browse the different shops at TOKYO Solamachi, and wander the streets of Ueno.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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