16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h
1
Sapporo
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Biei-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  1 h
4
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Shintoku-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Obihiro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Urahoro-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Kitami
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Bihoro-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Notsuke-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Nemuro
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Rausu-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
13
Abashiri
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
14
Wakkanai
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
15
Chitose
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
16
Otaru
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sapporo no Ki Lilac Literary Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo route app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August, things will get a bit cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 27°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Hachijo Starffin Street, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally make a trip to Old Kamuikotan Railroad Station.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa tour itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

1
night
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 9th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, explore the activities along Blue Pond, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Shirakaba Road.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Biei-cho online journey planner .

Drive from Asahikawa to Biei-cho in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Asahikawa in August, plan for little chillier nights in Biei-cho, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Farm Tomita, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Watanabe Clinic.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Furano road trip planner .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Furano in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Furano sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shintoku-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Farm Tomita
Highlights from your plan
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace
Watanabe Clinic ©
Watanabe Clinic

few
hours
Shintoku-cho

Shintoku-cho
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shintoku-cho online trip builder .

You can drive from Furano to Shintoku-cho in 3.5 hours. August in Shintoku-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Shintoku-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

1
night
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): catch the contagious excitement of Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Obihiro holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Shintoku-cho to Obihiro takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shintoku-cho in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Obihiro: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Urahoro-cho.

Things to do in Obihiro

Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track ©
Tokachimura ©
Tokachimura

few
hours
Urahoro-cho

Urahoro-cho ©
For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Urahoro-cho trip planner.

Drive from Obihiro to Urahoro-cho in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Urahoro-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kitami.

Things to do in Urahoro-cho

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Urahoro Shrine ©
Urahoro Shrine

1
night
Kitami

Kitami ©
Kitami is a city in Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kitami Mint Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitami Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Pierson Memorial Museum, and finally get outside with Sekihoku Pass.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kitami trip planner.

Traveling by car from Urahoro-cho to Kitami takes 2.5 hours. In August in Kitami, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bihoro-cho.

Things to do in Kitami

Scenic Drive Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sekihoku Pass ©
Sekihoku Pass
Kitami Mint Memorial Museum ©
Kitami Mint Memorial Museum
Pierson Memorial Museum ©
Pierson Memorial Museum

1
night
Bihoro-cho

Bihoro-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, then take some stellar pictures from Marchen no Oka, and finally get advice or help at Poppoya.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bihoro-cho day trip website .

You can drive from Kitami to Bihoro-cho in an hour. August in Bihoro-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Notsuke-gun.

Things to do in Bihoro-cho

Shopping

Side Trip

Marchen no Oka
Highlights from your plan
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Marchen no Oka ©
Marchen no Oka

1
night
Notsuke-gun

Notsuke-gun ©
To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Notsuke-gun road trip planner.

You can drive from Bihoro-cho to Notsuke-gun in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Notsuke-gun can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nemuro.

Things to do in Notsuke-gun

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula
Narawara ©
Narawara

1
night
Nemuro

Nemuro ©
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. On the 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira Shrine, then stroll through Meiji Park, then make a trip to The Nortern Island Comunity Center, Hokkaido, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Onneto.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nemuro trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Notsuke-gun to Nemuro in 1.5 hours. August in Nemuro sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Nemuro

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Park ©
Meiji Park
Nemurokotohira Shrine ©
Nemurokotohira Shrine
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto

1
night
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho trip maker site .

Drive from Nemuro to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rausu-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Abashiri.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Shari-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

1
night
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Abashiri Prison Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abashiri, and then get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Abashiri travel route website .

Traveling by car from Rausu-cho to Abashiri takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Abashiri are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Lake Abashiri ©
Lake Abashiri

1
night
Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Cape Noshappu, meet the residents at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, then make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, and finally make a trip to Soya Misaki.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip planner .

You can drive from Abashiri to Wakkanai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Wakkanai sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chitose.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium ©
Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

1
night
Chitose

Chitose ©
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Royce' Chocolate World, then stop by Northern Horse Park, and then explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chitose road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Wakkanai to Chitose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and train. In August in Chitose, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Northern Horse Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Northern Horse Park ©
Northern Horse Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Otaru Aquarium, and finally explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Otaru travel route app .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chitose in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building

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