12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
Fly + Drive:  16 h
1
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
4
Towada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Obanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Sado
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h
End: Helsinki

1
night
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 Daisetsuzan Sounkyo - Kurodake Ropeway, Shirahige Falls and Shirogane Blue Pond. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa itinerary tool.

Helsinki, Finland to Asahikawa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Asahikawa, with lows of 7°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Transportation Nature Parks

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Daisetsuzan Sounkyo - Kurodake Ropeway
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Daisetsuzan Sounkyo - Kurodake Ropeway ©
Daisetsuzan Sounkyo - Kurodake Ropeway
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

2
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 Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Oyunuma and Jigokudani. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, thentake a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sapporo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 11°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Noboribetsu
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
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 Mt. Hakodate Observatory. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Hakodate sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Towada.
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Mt. Hakodate Observatory ©
Mt. Hakodate Observatory

2
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ryusendo Limestone Cave, Shirakami Sanchi and Nyuto Onsenkyo. When in Towada, make a side trip to see Geibikei Gorge Sightseeing Boat in Ichinoseki, approximately Ichinoseki away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Towada tour planner.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Towada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Towada, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trips

Shirakami Sanchi, Nyuto Onsenkyo, Oirase River, Geibikei Gorge Sightseeing Boat, Ryusendo Limestone Cave
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave

1
night
Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
You've now added Ginzan Onsen to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Onsen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Obanazawa trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Towada to Obanazawa takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sado.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen

1
night
Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Senkakuwan, thenkick back and relax at Sawada Beach, thenstroll around Toki no Mori Park, and finally visit Sado Steamship.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sado trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Obanazawa to Sado in 7 hours. October in Sado sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Sado

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Toki no Mori Park ©
Toki no Mori Park
Senkakuwan ©
Senkakuwan

2
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.
You've added Naraijuku, Nakasendo Magome-juku, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get answers to all your questions at Kamikochi Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, thentrek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, thenget to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sado to Nagoya. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamikochi Visitor Center, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Nakasendo Magome-juku, Naraijuku
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku

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