21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  12​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Biei-cho
— Few hours
taxi + train:  1​h
6
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  8​h
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Amsterdam

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Minami (Namba), Umeda Sky Building, Dotonbori, and other attractions.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip itinerary maker .

Amsterdam, Holland to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 24°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Otaru Canal as well as Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then make a trip to Otaru Canal.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Otaru attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Osaka to Otaru takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Osaka in September, things will get slightly colder in Otaru: highs are around 23°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market

3
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 Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo TV Tower and Hokkaido Jingu. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Former Gatehouse of Sapporo Agricultural College, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapporo Korei Shrine, then stroll through Okurayama Lookout, and finally stroll around Odori Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum

2
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahidake Onsen, Asahikawa Museum of Art and Asahidake Ropeway. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at Asahidake Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Aibetsu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Asahikawa Museum of Art, and then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Baths Spas

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Aibetsu Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Aibetsu Shrine ©
Aibetsu Shrine
Asahikawa Museum of Art ©
Asahikawa Museum of Art

few
hours
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Biei-cho vacation website .

Drive from Asahikawa to Biei-cho in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Biei-cho when traveling from Asahikawa in September, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Biei Shrine ©
Biei Shrine

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Furano Wine Factory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Furano vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Biei-cho to Furano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Furano can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Wineries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Furano Wine Factory ©
Furano Wine Factory

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Noboribetsu Bear Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Noboribetsu when traveling from Furano in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakodate Morning Market as well as Mount Hakodate. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate travel planning tool .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Shopping Parks
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

5
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 Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Nezu Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nezu Shrine and Asakusa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Nightlife Shopping
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Highlights from your plan
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Ueno ©
Ueno

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