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
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 15​min
5
Aomori
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Kusatsu
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dallas

1
night
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 Shitennoji, Osaka-Kizu Wholesale Market, Nipponbashi Denden Town, 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.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker website .

Dallas, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Osaka is 15 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in May, with highs in Osaka at 77°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nipponbashi Denden Town ©
Nipponbashi Denden Town
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

3
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 Horyu-ji Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour builder site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, don't miss a visit to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and finally look for gifts at Umichurara. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Umanchu Market, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Naha road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Naha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Naha dip to 72°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Itoman, Kitanakagusuku-son, Scuba & Snorkeling
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, browse the different shops at Aurora Town, make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Sapporo Factory.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Sapporo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in May, you will find days in Sapporo are cooler (58°F), and nights are slightly colder (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street

2
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hirosaki Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Western Style Architecture, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple, and finally stop by Noichigo. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi, hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten, explore the wide array of goods at Nakasan Aomori Honten, then buy something for everyone on your list at Auga, then explore the wide array of goods at Sakurano Department Store Aomori branch, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip maker website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Aomori in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in May: highs in Aomori hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kusatsu.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hirosaki
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Auga ©
Auga
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Saishoin Temple ©
Saishoin Temple

1
night
Kusatsu

Kusatsu ©
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and then steep yourself in history at Kusatsujuku Honjin.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Aomori to Kusatsu with the Route module. In May, Kusatsu is somewhat warmer than Aomori - with highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Remains of Shigain-mon
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Aquatic Plants Garden Mizunomori ©
Aquatic Plants Garden Mizunomori

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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

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Sankeien Gardens, Pola Museum of Art, Koajiro Forest, Osakana Mura
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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