19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
2
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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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 11th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, thenget engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo visit planning site.

Newark, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Sapporo. When traveling from Newark in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Royce' Chocolate World, Sankaku Market
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World

2
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Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for gifts at Asahikawa Design Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, thentake an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally cruise along Shujitsu no Oka. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, thenget to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Takasagosyuzo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa online holiday maker.

Drive from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Asahikawa sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
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Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine
Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

2
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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenlook for gifts at Hida Bussankan, thenadmire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Sanmachi Suji. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, thensee the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), thensee the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Takayama tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Asahikawa to Takayama takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Asahikawa in June, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): walk around Nara Park, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, thenstop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, thentake a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Osaka sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, thenhead off the coast to Miyajima, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Asse. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kennin-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, approximately Uji away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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nights
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 Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kencho-ji Temple in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ueno District, visit Kagurazaka, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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