17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Tokyo — 4 nights

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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Owaku-dani Valley, &more) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's much more to do: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), you're off to Osaka.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Osaka — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu), Kyoto (Kennin-ji Temple Honbou, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
more
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 31st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally engage your brain at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, head off the coast to Miyajima, then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and finally stroll around Areikarasukojima Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip site.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Sapporo — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose) and Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, head outdoors with Sapporo Teine, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Sapporo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Hiroshima in February: highs in Sapporo hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.
more
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Tokyo — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in February, plan for much warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
more
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
more