17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Kusatsu
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shitennoji, Osaka-Kizu Wholesale Market, Nipponbashi Denden Town, and other attractions. 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.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Dallas, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time 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. 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
Shinsekai ©
Shinsekai

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Horyu-ji Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and other attractions you added. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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 13th (Wed), browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Umanchu Market, then contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naha trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Naha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Itoman, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, browse the different shops at Aurora Town, shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Sapporo Factory.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Sapporo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Naha in May: highs in Sapporo hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hirosaki Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choshoji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Noichigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi, hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten, browse the range of quality goods at Nakasan Aomori Honten, then browse the different shops at Auga, then browse the range of quality goods at Sakurano Department Store Aomori branch, and finally browse the different shops at A-FACTORY.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aomori travel site.

Fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect nights in Aomori to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough 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

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Kusatsu

Kusatsu ©
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then steep yourself in history at Kusatsujuku Honjin.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aomori to Kusatsu. In May, Kusatsu is a bit 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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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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Sankeien Gardens. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Osakana Mura (in Katsuura), Koajiro Forest (in Miura) and Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kusatsu to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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