37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11​h
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Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kumamoto
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
6
Kumamoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
8
Tsushima
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
9
Fukuoka
— Few hours
10
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Okayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  1​h
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Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
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Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
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Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
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Shizuoka
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h
19
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
20
Odawara
— 1 night
train + subway:  1​h 30​min
21
Yokohama
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
23
Nikko
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
24
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 15​min
25
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
26
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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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 find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off toNaha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Okinawa Bunsha Shrine and then make a trip to Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tsuboya Yamuchin Dori and then head off the coast to Nagannu Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Naha attractions website .

You can fly from Tokyo to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 25th (Thu), you're off toKagoshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagannu Island
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Nagannu Island ©
Nagannu Island
Izumo Taisha Okinawa Bunsha Shrine ©

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nanshu Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, then admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arata Hachimangu.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip planning app .

You can fly from Naha to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. When traveling from Naha in March, plan for slightly colder days in Kagoshima, with highs around 17°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Arata Hachimangu ©
Arata Hachimangu
Nanshu Shrine ©
Nanshu Shrine

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake, then admire the masterpieces at Shimada Museum of Arts, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto journey planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Kumamoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Shimada Museum of Arts ©
Shimada Museum of Arts
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho journey builder site .

You can drive from Kumamoto to Takachiho-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In March in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Takachiho Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto
For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. You will leave for Fukuoka on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, then browse the collection at Fukuoka City Public Library, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fukuoka visit website .

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsushima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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Kashii-gu ©
Kashii-gu
Fukuoka City Public Library ©
Fukuoka City Public Library

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Tsushima

Tsushima
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Toyo Battery Trace, take in the pleasant sights at Shushigawa River, then contemplate the long history of Kaneda Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanada Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tsushima trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Tsushima in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Fukuoka in March, you will find days in Tsushima are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tsushima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka travel site .

Getting from Tsushima to Fukuoka by car takes about 5.5 hours. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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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 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bicchukokubunji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama online tour planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Okayama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Soja, Mt. Washu
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu
Bicchukokubunji Temple ©
Bicchukokubunji Temple

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kobe, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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.
On the 4th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Former Yotsubashi Site, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take a peaceful walk through Kazugayama Genshirin, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokke-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Rokuen ©
Rokuen

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Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Hanjotei Comic Theater, get engrossed in the history at Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, see the interesting displays at Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum, then head outdoors with Eeyan, and finally get all the equipment you need at Four-M.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Traveling from Nara in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Four-M ©
Four-M
Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum ©
Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Saimyo-ji Temple and Eigenji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kongorin-ji Temple and Keage Incline. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hyakusai-ji Temple (in Higashiomi) and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Shisendo Temple, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Higashiomi, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Saimyo-ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple
Shisendo Temple ©
Shisendo Temple

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, and then identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijuji Temple, examine the collection at Kunizakari Sake Culture Museum, and then go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya tour planning website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Daijuji Temple, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Kunizakari Sake Culture Museum, Tokoname City Pottery Footpath
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art ©
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River

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Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Konpira, and then make a trip to Okuoikojo Station. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiken-ji Temple, then walk around Ipponmatsu Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinzaiji Temple.

Plan my trip to Shizuoka with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Nagoya to Shizuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. April in Shizuoka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fujieda
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ipponmatsu Park ©
Ipponmatsu Park
Seiken-ji Temple ©
Seiken-ji Temple

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzuryu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and then take some stellar pictures from Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Shizuoka to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Shizuoka in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Odawara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Atami, Mishima
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Izusan Jinja Shrine ©
Izusan Jinja Shrine
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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Odawara

Odawara ©
Flanked on two sides by the Hakone Mountains, Odawara serves as a popular base for visits to the nearby Hakone hot springs, although the city boasts its own hot spring, as well as a scenic coastal area known for its clear, unspoiled waters.
On the 16th (Fri), walk around Tsujimura Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Maruu Tashiro Sohonten, then explore the world behind art at Enoura Observatory, then admire the natural beauty at Odawara Kokian, and finally see the interesting displays at Matsunaga Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Odawara road trip planner .

Odawara is very close to Hakone-machi. April in Odawara sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Odawara

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Enoura Observatory ©
Enoura Observatory
Tsujimura Botanical Garden ©
Tsujimura Botanical Garden

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Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 17th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Kodomo-no-Kuni, steep yourself in history at Nipponmaru Memorial Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Soji-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yokohama tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Odawara to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or take a train. When traveling from Odawara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yokohama, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
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Kodomo-no-Kuni ©
Kodomo-no-Kuni
Nipponmaru Memorial Park
Nipponmaru Memorial Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi and Kitanomaru Park. Visiting Kamiyatsuno Okusuu and Tama Zoological Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kiyose Sunflower Farm in Kiyose--about 50 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: make a trip to Hozomon, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Fukukawa Teien, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Tokyo is just a short distance from Yokohama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Tama Zoological Park, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Tama Zoological Park ©
Tama Zoological Park
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinoo Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuzenji Temple. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nikko tour planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
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Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja
Chuzenji Temple ©
Chuzenji Temple

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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 23rd (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, look for gifts at Souvenir Shop Sendai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koju-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoon-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinko-in, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sendai trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Sendai, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
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Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu ©
Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu
Shoon-ji Temple ©
Shoon-ji Temple
Koju-in ©
Koju-in

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo Christ Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, and finally experience rural life at Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapporo Gokoku Shrine, steep yourself in history at Soma Shrine, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip app .

Fly from Sendai to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in April, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 9°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 26th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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