30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park), Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai) and Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, and look for gifts at Hokkaido Sapporo"Eat&Sightseeing" Information Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Sapporo is 16 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Calgary in May, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko Hanazono Resort, Mt. Yotei, Shinsennuma, Arte Piazza Bibai, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Taiho Sumo Memorial Museum, hike along Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mashu.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sapporo to Teshikaga-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Teshikaga-cho, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Trails
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Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail ©
Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail
Mt. Mashu ©
Mt. Mashu

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) and Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rinnoji Temple and Aoba Castle Museum. Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Mt. Katta (in Zao-machi), Shiginoya Chinuma (in Yamagata) and Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum (in Tome). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Funaoka Castle Ruins, hunt for treasures at Yotteke Popora, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Teshikaga-cho to Sendai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Teshikaga-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sendai, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tome, Shiginoya Chinuma, Mt. Katta, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Yotteke Popora
Highlights from your plan
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

2
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen, steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, then step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, and finally explore the galleries of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Noguchi Hedeyo Seishun Street, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dairyuji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Hanitsu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sendai to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Aizuwakamatsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko, Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen, Hanitsu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga Castle ©
Tsuruga Castle
Dairyuji Temple ©
Dairyuji Temple
Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko ©
Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muroji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Get some cultural insight at Mint Museum and Ninna-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Toshodaiji Temple (in Nara) and Kyoto (Kennin-ji Temple, Toji, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), and examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planning tool .

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Sakurai, Toshodai-ji Temple, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the waterfront at S Pulse Dream Plaza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiken-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinzaiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shizuoka online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Shizuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Shizuoka are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Rinzaiji Temple ©
Rinzaiji Temple
Seiken-ji Temple ©
Seiken-ji Temple

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fire Museum and Yanaka. Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura Hiking Trails, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, get engrossed in the history at The Railway Museum, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Shizuoka to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Shizuoka, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, The Railway Museum, Chikurin Park, Carnivorous plant habitat in Togane, Naruto, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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