22 days in Japan & Chicago Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Chicago Itinerary

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22 days in Japan & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
1
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Nikko, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Tottori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Onomichi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
9
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Hirosaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
11
Sapporo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

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nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Baha'i House of Worship and Cantigny Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Richard H. Driehaus Museum and Riverwalk Lot. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Volo Auto Museum in Volo--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Loop, admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Park Conservatory, stroll through Lakefront Trail, and steep yourself in history at Garfield Park Conservatory.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planning app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Riverwalk Lot, Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park, Volo Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
Richard H. Driehaus Museum ©
Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yanaka and Nezu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kencho-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour builder .

Getting from Chicago to Tokyo by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Symplocarpus foetidus of Wetlands in Otawara, then examine the collection at Oya Stone Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then witness the site of a historic battle at Senjogahara Field, and finally admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder 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) to allow enough time to travel to Tottori.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Symplocarpus foetidus of Wetlands in Otawara, Oya History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum

1
night
Tottori, Japan

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, then stroll through Tottori Sand Dunes, then explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tottori trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nikko to Tottori takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Tottori, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Highlights from your plan
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Watanabe Art Museum ©
Watanabe Art Museum

1
night
Kochi, Japan

Kochi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wakamiya Hachimangū, kick back and relax at Katsurahama Beach, then contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market.

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

You can drive from Tottori to Kochi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April in Kochi, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Onomichi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Sunday Market
Sunday Market

1
night
Onomichi, Japan

Onomichi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shiga Naoya Former House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jyodo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Misode Temmangu Shrine, and finally stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

Find out how to plan Onomichi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Onomichi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kochi in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Onomichi, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Misode Temmangu Shrine ©
Misode Temmangu Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at 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 look for all kinds of wild species at Shiraito River.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour planner .

Hiroshima is very close to Onomichi. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Daigo-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nigatsu-do Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toshodaiji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Arima Onsen (in Kobe), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, & more) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Tenjinzaka, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka visit planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

1
night
Hirosaki, Japan

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.
On the 21st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takateru Shrine, and then hike along Mt. Iwaki Lifts.

Plan trip to Hirosaki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hirosaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In April, Hirosaki is slightly colder than Osaka - with highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Takateru Shrine ©
Takateru Shrine

1
night
Sapporo, Japan

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, and then contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner .

Fly from Hirosaki to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Hirosaki in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

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