21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
You've added Minami (Namba), Umeda Sky Building, Dotombori, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Osaka is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Amsterdam to Osaka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then stroll through Otaru Canal.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Otaru trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Osaka to Otaru in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Osaka in September, expect Otaru to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 20°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Nature Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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), steep yourself in history at Former Gatehouse of Sapporo Agricultural College, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then get great views at Sapporo TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapporo Korei Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, and finally walk around Odori Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo travel planner.

Take a train from Otaru to Sapporo in 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. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
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. On the 26th (Thu), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Asahidake Onsen and then stop by Asahidake Ropeway. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Aibetsu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Asahikawa Museum of Art, and then examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Historic Sites Baths

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Aibetsu Shrine
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho route planner.

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. Traveling from Asahikawa in September, Biei-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Furano.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Historic Sites
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.
You've now added Furano Wine Factory to your itinerary.

Plan a trip to Furano easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Biei-cho to Furano in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Furano are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Wineries Historic Sites
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Noboribetsu Bear Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Furano to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Furano in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Noboribetsu, 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
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate journey planner.

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Hakodate Morning Market ©
Hakodate Morning Market

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.
You've added Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nezu Museum and Ueno. Nezu Shrine and Asakusa are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Tokyo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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