29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Calgary
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Furano
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
3
Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Train:  7 h 45 min
5
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Shizuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Calgary

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Hokkaido University Museum and Sapporo Art Museum. Head to Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima and Ebetsu River Disaster Prevention Stationfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and stop by Sanroku Design.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo itinerary builder app.

Calgary, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sapporo is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Hanazono Resort, Otaru-shi General Museum, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, Ebetsu River Disaster Prevention Station, Rusutsu Resort Ski
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then examine the collection at Furabi, and then stop by Glass Forest in FURANO. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Anpanman Shop Furano, then take in panoramic vistas at Rokugo Viewing Platform, then make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and finally examine the collection at Kita no Kunikara Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Furano trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in May: highs in Furano hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace
Rokugo Viewing Platform ©
Rokugo Viewing Platform

3
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sendaijo Ato and Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School). Do some cultural sightseeing at Ginzan Onsen and Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Yotteke Popora (in Higashine) and Funaoka Castle Ruins (in Shibata-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sendai trip builder website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Furano to Sendai in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Furano in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tome, Yotteke Popora, Ginzan Onsen, Funaoka Castle Ruins
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Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen

1
night
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Kaihi Clinic Trail, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally stroll the grounds of Aizuhanshu Matsudairake Bosho.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu visit planning website.

Getting from Sendai to Aizuwakamatsu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sendai in May since evenings lows in Aizuwakamatsu dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Museums
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori or Minami (Namba). Venture out of the city with trips to Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Nijo Castle, Tofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Aizuwakamatsu to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in May, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Toshodai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Satta-toge Pass and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shizuoka: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Okuni Jinja Shrine (in Mori-machi) and Sumatakyo Onsen (in Kawanehon-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Okitsu Zagyoso, explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Yaizu Sakana Center, and don't miss a visit to Kusanagi Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shizuoka trip maker tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Shizuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Shizuoka are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Okuni Jinja Shrine, Yaizu Sakana Center, Sumatakyo Onsen
Highlights from your plan
Satta-toge Pass ©
Satta-toge Pass
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine ©
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine
Okuni Jinja Shrine ©
Okuni Jinja Shrine

8
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.
Senso-ji Temple and Mitsumine Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Asakusa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, wander the streets of Yanaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shizuoka in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oya History Museum, Mt. Takao, Mitsumine Shrine, Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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