22 days in Japan & Chicago Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Chicago Itinerary

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Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tottori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Onomichi, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hirosaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo, Japan
— 1 night
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Chicago, United States

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Garfield Park Conservatory and Holy Name Cathedral for their historical value. Volo Auto Museum and Cantigny Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, wander the streets of The Loop, and admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Gary Chicago International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Tokyo, Japan

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 Nezu Shrine and Yanaka District. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), stop by Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Tokyo takes 16 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in April, with highs in Tokyo at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Nikko, Japan

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Symplocarpus foetidus of Wetlands in Otawara, see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko travel tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Tottori.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Tottori, Japan

A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, then explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tottori trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Tottori takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in April, plan for little chillier nights in Tottori, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Tottori

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Kochi, Japan

The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wakamiya Hachimangū, then head outdoors with Katsura Hama, then step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and finally hunt for treasures at Sunday Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi trip planner.

You can drive from Tottori to Kochi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Onomichi.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Onomichi, Japan

A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
On the 12th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Shiga Naoya Former House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jyodo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Misode Temmangu Shrine, and finally walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Onomichi online travel route planner.

Getting from Kochi to Onomichi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kochi in April since evenings lows in Onomichi dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Parks

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

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 13th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Araebisu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shiraito River.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online route planner.

Take a train from Onomichi to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nishi Honganji and Kamigamo Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Daigo-ji Temple and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Osaka, Japan

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Tenjinzaka, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Hirosaki, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takateru Shrine, and then head outdoors with Mt. Iwaki Lifts.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from Osaka to Hirosaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Osaka in April, with highs in Hirosaki at 52°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Sapporo, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and then steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Hirosaki to Sapporo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hirosaki in April: highs in Sapporo hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.