35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Hakodate
— 4 nights
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
4
Otaru
— 3 nights
5
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
6
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
7
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
8
Chitose
— 1 night
9
Aomori
— 3 nights
10
Akita
— 3 nights
11
Sendai
— 3 nights
12
Zao-machi
— 2 nights
13
Obanazawa
— 2 nights

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Tokyo. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hakodate trip maker site.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Hakodate is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of °F and lows of °F. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Otaru: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Yoichi Fisheries Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, take in the views from Asakusa Bridge, and don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Otaru road trip website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine.

Plan my trip to Asahikawa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Asahikawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Otaru in October: high temperatures in Asahikawa hover around °F and lows are around °F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Ueno Farm ©
Ueno Farm
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Former Seto House and then make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, thenstroll around Wakkanai Park, and then make a trip to Cape Noshappu.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wakkanai trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Wakkanai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wakkanai, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wakkanai Park ©
Wakkanai Park
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

2
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Wakkanai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asahikawa, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Chitose.

Things to do in Asahikawa

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

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 12th (Tue): have fun at Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park and then see the interesting displays at Royce' Chocolate World.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chitose itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Chitose in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, you will find days in Chitose are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are little chillier (°F). On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aomori.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park ©
Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park

3
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Aomori is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Plan my day in Aomori using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Chitose to Aomori in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Chitose in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Aomori, with lows around °F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Historic Sites Baths
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

3
nights
Akita

Akita ©
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.
Explore Akita's surroundings by going to Semboku (Ishiguro Samurai House, Samurai District, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, appreciate the history behind Satake Yoshitaka Statue, and explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akita sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Akita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Akita, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Semboku
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park

3
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Hiraizumi-cho (Motsu-ji Temple & Chuson-ji Temple) and Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Matsushima Bay, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, and steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sendai holiday maker site.

Getting from Akita to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Hiraizumi-cho, JR East Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station

2
nights
Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zao-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sendai to Zao-machi in an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sendai in October since evenings lows in Zao-machi dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Obanazawa.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta
Zao Dairy Farm ©
Zao Dairy Farm

2
nights
Obanazawa

Obanazawa ©
Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Ginzan Onsen.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Obanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Zao-machi to Obanazawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ginzan Onsen ©
Ginzan Onsen

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