15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akita
— 2 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 2 nights

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Susukino, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then stroll around Odori Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Asakusa Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, then hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sapporo driving holiday planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sapporo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Sapporo is 9 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Akita

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 20th (Sun), examine the collection at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally stop by Oga Peninsula. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Satake Yoshitaka Statue, take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, then see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, and finally take some stellar pictures from Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Akita trip maker.

You can fly from Sapporo to Akita in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Akita, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sendai

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, walk around Aobayama Park, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally make a trip to Godaido.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planner.

You can take a train from Akita to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sendai can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, visit Pia Bandai, then take in the views from Bandai Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally don't miss a visit to Niigata Nippo Media Ship. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marinepia Nihonkai, make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, then stroll around Hakusan Park, then get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, and finally bet on a winner at Niigata Horse Racetrack.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Niigata tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Niigata takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. August in Niigata sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Casinos · Historic Sites · Shopping

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, visit Patio Daimon, and then explore the historical opulence of Ueda Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Chibikko Ninja Village, get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Nagano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 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 historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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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.