13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Osaka
— Few hours
Fly:  19 h
End: Chicago

few
hours
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.
To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning website.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 76°F. You'll set off for Aomori on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

2
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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.
Aomori Nebuta Festival has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), get a dose of culture at Aomori Nebuta Festival.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori trip builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Aomori by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Aomori hover around 78°F and lows are around 67°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Shopping Events
Highlights from your plan
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
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A-FACTORY

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nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri as well as Hirosaki Apple Park. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan, thenview the masterpieces at Tsugaru Kanayama Yaki, and then take in some culture at Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Aomori to Hirosaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Events Museums

Side Trip

Goshogawara
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan ©
Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like teamLab☆Planets and Nezu Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Engaku-ji Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)). See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner.

Take a train from Hirosaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, thenstop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Kurama, thensteep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Otsu, Mimurotoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, thenexamine the collection at Tokushima Castle Museum, and then make a trip to Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokushima trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tokushima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Tokushima hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokushima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Anrakuji Temple, Kumadaniji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ido-ji Temple ©
Ido-ji Temple
Awa Odori Hall ©
Awa Odori Hall
Tokushima Castle Museum ©
Tokushima Castle Museum

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hours
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.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Tokushima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 77°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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