33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  5​h
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
7
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
8
Okinawa City
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginza Mitsukoshi, Nakameguro Park and Ca4la Daikanyama. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, explore the wide array of goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, then shop like a local with Ca4la Daikanyama, and finally stroll through Nakameguro Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Ginza Mitsukoshi ©
Ginza Mitsukoshi
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Farm Tomita as well as Otaru Canal.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip planning site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 14°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Farm Tomita, Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 19th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Goryokaku Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate and then take a stroll through Motomachi.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hakodate day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the galleries of Zuihoden and then step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle). Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, then contemplate the long history of Funaoka Castle Ruins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takekoma Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsuin.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sendai trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Sendai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakodate in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sendai. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Funaoka Castle Ruins, Tsukihama Beach, Takekoma Shrine, Entsu-in Temple
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Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Ise Grand Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Okage Yokocho. Venture out of the city with trips to Iwamura Castle (in Ena) and Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, shop like a local with Sakae, take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and explore the activities along Yamazaki River.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online road trip planner .

Getting from Sendai to Nagoya by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Iwamura Castle Ruins, Naegi Castle Ruins
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Namihaya Beach (in Wakayama) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Namihaya Beach
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dazaifu Temman-gu and Mojiko Retro. Get outdoors at Miyajihama Beach and Hiraodai. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki-gu, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Miyajihama Beach, Dazaifu Temmangu
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

4
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokashiku Beach and Kouri Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ama Beach and Oodomari Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okinawa City: Native Okinawan Villege (in Motobu-cho), Onna-son (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cape Manzamo) and Umanchu Market (in Itoman). There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kudakajima Island and take some stellar pictures from Kafu Banta.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Okinawa City travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Fukuoka to Okinawa City with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fukuoka in June; daily highs in Okinawa City reach 34°C and lows reach 29°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Uruma, Kouri Beach, Ama Beach, Umanchu Market
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:
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Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Meguro River has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno and Odaiba. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Ikspiari (in Maihama), Oki no Shima (in Tateyama) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker .

Getting from Okinawa City to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ikspiari, Enoshima Island, Oki no Shima, Mt. Takao
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno

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