17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  1​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Misawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Hachinohe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
You've added Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Namba Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Shinsekai and then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Osaka-Kizu Wholesale Market, wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town, shop like a local with America Mura, then don't miss a visit to Mandarake Grandchaos, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Dallas in May, things will get little chillier in Osaka: highs are around 77°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Namba Walk ©
Namba Walk
America Mura ©
America Mura

1
day
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.
You've added Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

2
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.
You've added Sanjusangendo Temple, Tenryuji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Funaoka Castle Ruins, Funaokajoshi Park, Zuihoden, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, make a trip to Sendai Daikannon Statue, get to know the resident critters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, then take in the pleasant sights at Funaokajoshi Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Funaoka Castle Ruins.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sendai journey planner .

Fly from Kyoto to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Sendai hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Misawa.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shibata-machi, Miyagi Zao Fox Village
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

1
night
Misawa

Misawa ©
Misawa is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 39,649, and a population density of 331 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll around Shimoda Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Misawa travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sendai to Misawa in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sendai in May since evenings lows in Misawa dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hachinohe.

Things to do in Misawa

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Hasshoku Center, Lake Ogawara, Shimoda Park
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Shimoda Park ©
Shimoda Park
Hasshoku Center ©
Hasshoku Center
Sky Plaza MISAWA ©
Sky Plaza MISAWA

1
night
Hachinohe

Hachinohe ©
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
On the 16th (Sat), walk around Miss Veedol Memorial Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabushima Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hachinohe tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Misawa to Hachinohe takes an hour. May in Hachinohe sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Miss Veedol Memorial Park
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Kabushima Shrine ©
Kabushima Shrine

7
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Osakana Mura. Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Sankeien Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi), Koajiro Forest (in Miura) and Terasaka Rice Terraces (in Yokoze-machi). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Minoyama Park, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo journey builder site .

You can drive from Hachinohe to Tokyo in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Hachinohe in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Osakana Mura, Pola Museum of Art, Minoyama Park, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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