19 days in Hawaii & Japan Itinerary

19 days in Hawaii & Japan Itinerary

Make it your trip
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
Sapporo, Japan
— 3 nights
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Houston


Honolulu, United States — 4 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, and see the vivid underwater world at Pele's Chair.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu online day trip planner.

Houston to Honolulu is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Houston to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in August, you will find days in Honolulu are little chillier (88°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Sapporo.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Sapporo, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planning app.

Getting from Honolulu to Sapporo by flight takes about 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Sapporo. While traveling from Honolulu, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Kyoto, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto visit app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kobe.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Kobe, Japan — 2 nights

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kobe road trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas · Baths

Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

Japan travel guide

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.