25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Sendai
— 1 night
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Asakusa. Visit The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Portland in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, make a trip to Gion, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Osaka — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Mint Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara National Museum, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Kobe — 2 nights

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at The English House.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kobe itinerary planning site.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Kobe hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Okayama.
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Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Okayama — 1 night

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): head outdoors with Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama journey site.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kobe in April since evenings lows in Okayama dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 2nd (Tue), browse the different shops at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sendai.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Sendai — 1 night

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Akiu Fall.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai driving holiday tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Sendai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsushima-machi.
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Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Matsushima-machi — 1 night

Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Shiogama Seafood Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate the long history of Godaido.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsushima-machi tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Sendai to Matsushima-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Matsushima-machi are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 2 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sapporo Clock Tower and Susukino. Change things up with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and delve into the lush surroundings at Maruyama Genshirin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsushima-machi to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsushima-machi in May: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 58°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Tokyo — 2 nights

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To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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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