33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 13 nights
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Tokyo — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo and Kiyosumi Teien. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki, approximately Kawasaki away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:

Osaka — 2 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.
On the 24th (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, then stroll around Itami Sky Park, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally stroll through Nakanoshima Park. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka route builder.

Fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Nijo Castle, then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, and finally awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 3 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and teamLab☆Planets. Change things up with a short trip to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Hidaka (about 1h 20 min away). See some other sides of Tokyo: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, walk around Jonanjima SeasidePark, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Yotei and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Aquarium, Otaru Canal, &more), Fukidashi Park (in Kyogoku-cho) and Noboribetsu (Spas & Oyunuma). There's lots more to do: stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Jozan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo attractions planning site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Sapporo at 55°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 13 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Sky Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple), Yokosuka (Yokosuka Museum of Art & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). Enjoy Tokyo some more: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, admire the striking features of Yokohama Landmark Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and make a trip to NYK Hikawamaru.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in October, with highs in Tokyo at 72°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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