34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
Chitose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Obihiro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Urahoro-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Kushiro-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Hamanaka-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Nemuro
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Ozora-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Kitami
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
13
Biei-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
14
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
15
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Wakasaimo Hompo, Noboribetsuonsen, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World, look for gifts at Northern Horse Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chitose trip itinerary site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chitose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Chitose is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August: high temperatures in Chitose hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Northern Horse Park
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

2
nights
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 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Farm Tomita, explore and take pictures at Tomita Melon House, make a trip to Nunobe Station, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Wind, and finally don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Furano Ski Resort, stop by Campana Rokkatei, and then look for gifts at Furano Marche.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Furano day trip planning app .

Getting from Chitose to Furano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Furano are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Obihiro.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakafurano-cho
Highlights from your plan
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

1
night
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Horse Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Manabe Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kofuku Station, and finally try to win big at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Obihiro trip builder app .

You can drive from Furano to Obihiro in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Furano in August: highs in Obihiro hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Urahoro-cho.

Things to do in Obihiro

Fun & Games Casinos Parks
Highlights from your plan
Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track ©
Manabe Garden ©
Manabe Garden
Kofuku Station ©
Kofuku Station

1
night
Urahoro-cho

Urahoro-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Kobu Kariiashi Lookouts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urahoro Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Urahorocho Museum, and finally stop by Michi-no-Eki Urahoro.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Urahoro-cho road trip planning site .

Drive from Obihiro to Urahoro-cho in 1.5 hours. In August in Urahoro-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kushiro-cho.

Things to do in Urahoro-cho

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Urahoro Shrine ©
Urahoro Shrine
Urahorocho Museum ©
Urahorocho Museum

1
night
Kushiro-cho

Kushiro-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kushiro Shitsugen National Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kushiro-cho trip itinerary site .

Getting from Urahoro-cho to Kushiro-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Urahoro-cho in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Kushiro-cho, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamanaka-cho.

Things to do in Kushiro-cho

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kushiroshitsugen National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kushiroshitsugen National Park ©
Kushiroshitsugen National Park

1
night
Hamanaka-cho

Hamanaka-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of MG Road, visit a coastal fixture at Kiritappu Cape, stroll through Hamanaka Sakura Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Chanai Rakuno Observatory, then explore the activities along Lake Mochirippu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hichirippu Swamp.

Before you visit Hamanaka-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Kushiro-cho to Hamanaka-cho in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hamanaka-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Nemuro.

Things to do in Hamanaka-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kiritappu Wetland ©
Kiritappu Wetland
Kiritappu Cape ©
Kiritappu Cape

1
night
Nemuro

Nemuro ©
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lake Onneto, contemplate the waterfront views at Chobushiko Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Northern Natural Flower Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Cape Nosappu, and finally examine the collection at Northern Pavilion Bokyono Ie.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nemuro holiday builder .

You can drive from Hamanaka-cho to Nemuro in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Nemuro are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Nemuro

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto
Cape Nosappu ©
Cape Nosappu
Northern Pavilion Bokyono Ie ©
Northern Pavilion Bokyono Ie

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Seseki Fall, cruise along Shiretoko Highway, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park.

Plan trip to Rausu-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nemuro to Rausu-cho in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rausu-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

4
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, get engrossed in the history at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki, and explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip site .

Getting from Rausu-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get out of town with these interesting Teshikaga-cho side-trips: Bihoro-cho (Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge & Bihorotoge Lookout), Kaiyodai (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Kiyosato-cho (Uramashu Observatory & Sakura Falls). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, make a trip to Kawayu Onsen Station, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary site .

Drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ozora-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Kushiro, Bihoro-cho, Kiyosato-cho, Kaiyodai Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

1
night
Ozora-cho

Ozora-cho ©
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Asahigaoka Park, get great views at Asahigaoka Viewing Platform, experience rural life at Ozora-cho Sunflower Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, then take some stellar pictures from Marchen no Oka, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Memanbetsu Airport Observation Deck.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ozora-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Ozora-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kitami.

Things to do in Ozora-cho

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Asahigaoka Park ©
Asahigaoka Park
Memanbetsu Airport Observation Deck ©

1
night
Kitami

Kitami ©
Kitami is a city in Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Kitami Mint Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Pierson Memorial Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kitakitsune Farm, and finally meet the residents at Yama no Aquarium.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kitami online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Ozora-cho to Kitami by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kitami can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kitami

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yama no Aquarium ©
Yama no Aquarium
Kitami Mint Memorial Museum ©
Kitami Mint Memorial Museum
Pierson Memorial Museum ©
Pierson Memorial Museum

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Biei-cho side-trips: Kurodake (in Daisetsuzan National Park), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake, Sugatami no Ike Lake, & more) and Kamikawa-cho (Sounkyo Gorge & Daisetsuzan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Blue Pond, go for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, get outside with Ken & Mary Tree, and admire the natural beauty at Zerubunoka Atomunooka.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho road trip planning site .

You can drive from Kitami to Biei-cho in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-cho, Kurodake
Highlights from your plan
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Takuboku Ishikawa Statue and Monument, make a trip to Asahikawa Station, then take in the exciting artwork at Collection Hall Chair Gallery, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, then take in the views from Twin Harp Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Hakodate Line Kamui Kotan Tunnels.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip planner.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Asahikawa in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Biei-cho in September, you will find days in Asahikawa are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Ueno Farm ©
Ueno Farm

4
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.
Step out of Sapporo with an excursion to Otaru Canal in Otaru--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, wander the streets of Susukino, and don't miss a visit to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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