19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Sendai
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Aomori
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  12​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu


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2
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, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planning tool .

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 19 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Honolulu in September, with highs in Tokyo at 81°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Risshaku-ji Temple and Jozenji-dori Avenue. Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Matsushima-machi (Godaido, Entsuin, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), take in breathtaking views at Okunikkawa Ravine, learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, and see the interesting displays at Zuihoden.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai road trip app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Risshaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

3
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oirase Mountain Stream and Sannai-Maruyama Ruins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aomori: Hirosaki (Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, Hirosaki Castle, & more) and Josenji Temple (in Kuroishi). And it doesn't end there: get your bearings at Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori road trip app .

You can take a train from Sendai to Aomori in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sendai in October: high temperatures in Aomori hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Oirase Mountain Stream, Josenji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and Sapporo Beer Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building & The Site of Temiya Line) and Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get great views at Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Platform, and step into the grandiose world of Hokkaido Jingu.

Plan my day in Sapporo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of train and flight from Aomori to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Lake Shikotsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Explore hidden gems such as Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Shinsekai.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kita trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Kita. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Kita hover around 74°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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