26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Onomichi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Tottori
— 1 night
+2
Fly + tram + train:  4​h 45​min
8
Nikko
— 3 nights
train:  6​h
9
Hirosaki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
10
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Fukukawa Teien, then go for a walk through Hozomon, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Chicago, 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 bus and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Myoshinji Temple and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), steep yourself in history at Honen-in, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi, and examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

3
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.
Head to Hankyu Umeda Main Store and Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osakafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Kawasaki Good Times World and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Ishibutai Tomb (in Asuka-mura), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinpusenji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and wander the streets of Kitashinchi.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Omiwa Shrine, Ishibutai Tomb, Kinpusenji Temple
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Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Monokoto Store, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Asse. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kamoizumi Sake Brewery and then head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries Spas

Side Trips

Kamoizumi Sake Brewery, Paddle Park
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

1
night
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
On the 14th (Tue), stop by Michi-no-Eki Cross Road Mitsugi, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the long history of Misode Temmangu Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Commemorative Library.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Onomichi online sightseeing planner .

Onomichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Misode Temmangu Shrine ©
Misode Temmangu Shrine
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and finally head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip planner .

You can drive from Onomichi to Kochi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kochi when traveling from Onomichi in April, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zenshibuji Temple
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Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Tosa Shrine ©
Tosa Shrine

1
night
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, then make a trip to Natanejima Island, then see the interesting displays at Natural house of San'in Kaigan Geopark sea and the earth, and finally kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tottori trip planning site .

You can drive from Kochi to Tottori in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kochi in April: high temperatures in Tottori hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Iwami-cho
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Watanabe Art Museum ©
Watanabe Art Museum

3
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.
Kammangafuchi Gorge and Yakushido are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Nikko Toshogu Museum and Kanaya Hotel History House capture your imagination. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Izurusan Manganji Temple (in Tochigi) and Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon (in Sakuragawa). There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kawamata Onsen, contemplate the long history of Furukawa Kakemizu Club, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Nikko online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Tottori to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tottori in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izurusan Manganji Temple, Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon
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Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House
Nikko Toshogu Museum ©
Nikko Toshogu Museum
Izurusan Manganji Temple ©
Izurusan Manganji Temple

1
night
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Dashi Museum, steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Hirosaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nikko in April, with highs in Hirosaki at 52°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Spas Baths
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
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Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Onsen Resorts

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.
Tomioka Catholic Church and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Otaru-shi General Museum and Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Mount Kenashi View Point (in Otaru) and Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple, shop like a local with Daimaru Fujii Central, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum.

Before you visit Sapporo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Hirosaki to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hirosaki in April: highs in Sapporo hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Mt. Yotei
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Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Spas

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Himonya Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson), then look for gifts at MUJI Yurakucho, then examine the collection at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque, and finally walk around Kitanomaru Park. On your second day here, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, get engrossed in the history at Marquis Maeda Old Western Style House, then admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, then stroll the grounds of Yanaka Cemetery Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Himonya Catholic Church ©
Himonya Catholic Church
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park

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