17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Jonanjima SeasidePark. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Verny Park & Boat Tours & Water Sports), Yokohama (Yokohama Negishi Forest Park & Shomyo-ji Temple) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jindai Botanical Gardens, walk around Shakujii Park, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

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Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center
Jonanjima SeasidePark ©
Jonanjima SeasidePark

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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 Asahiyama Kinen Koen and Horomitoge Lavender Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Otaru Kihinkan, Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique, &more) and Zenkoji Temple (in Date). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, ponder the world of politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Sapporo at 17°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Aomori.

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Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Horomitoge Lavender Garden ©
Horomitoge Lavender Garden

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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 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu, examine the collection at Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum, make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then make a trip to Shin Aomori Station, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aomori trip maker app.

Fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aomori, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Aomori

Spas · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Thermal Spas
Jomon Jiyukan ©
Jomon Jiyukan
Shin Aomori Station ©
Shin Aomori Station

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mitaki Temple and Ikuchijima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park (in Imabari) and Onomichi (Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art & Kojoji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai, snap pictures at Aioi Bridge, stop by Monokoto Store, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Aomori to Hiroshima by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in May: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Setonaikai ©
Setonaikai
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, make a trip to The Symphony Hall, then walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Food Tours
The Symphony Hall ©
The Symphony Hall
Harukas 300 Observation Deck ©
Harukas 300 Observation Deck

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