19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meiji Jingu Gaien and Samurai Armor Photo Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Park, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, &more) and Urayasu Comprehensive Park (in Urayasu). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Meiji Jingu Gaien ©
Meiji Jingu Gaien
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naruko Valley and Entsu-in Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: O-torii (in Zao-machi), Osaki (Nakayamadaira Onsen, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Yamagata (Bunshokan, Risshaku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, and don't miss a visit to Fukuurajima.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sendai travel route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Naruko Valley ©
Naruko Valley
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Okurayama Lookout and Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Fugoppe Cave) and JR Otaru Station (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: stroll around Nakajima Park, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Sendai to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between 6°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 ©
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mitaki Temple and Momijidani Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

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