49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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Otaru
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. You'll set off for Hakone-machi on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and Momiji Tunnel. Step out of Hakone-machi with an excursion to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi attractions planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Uji Shrine, Uji River, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You will leave for Kobe on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maiko Marine Promenade, Kobe Harborland and Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Himeji Castle in Himeji (about 1h 10 min away).

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. You will leave for Nikko on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Senjogahara Field. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Chuzenji and Shinkyo Bridge. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nikko tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kobe to Nikko by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Kobe in October, you will find days in Nikko are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). You will leave for Sendai on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Senjogahara Field ©
Senjogahara Field
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miyagi Zao Fox Village as well as Risshaku-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zuihoden and Rinnoji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Aoba Castle Museum, and make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sendai itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Sendai, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Onuma Lake and Onuma Park Walking Path. When in Hakodate, make a side trip to see Onuma Quasi-National Park in Nanae-cho, approximately Nanae-cho away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, have fun at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), and stroll around Goryokaku Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Getting from Sendai to Hakodate by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sendai in October, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 60°F and lows about 46°F. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Onuma Quasi-National Park ©
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

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 The Hokkaido University Museum as well as Asahiyama Kinen Koen. There's more to do: walk around Odori Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo travel route planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Odori Park ©
Odori Park

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©

Wind Town

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.
Rebun Island has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Noshappu and Esandomarigyoko Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wakkanai trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Sapporo to Wakkanai by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. October in Wakkanai sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll set off for Asahikawa on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Esandomarigyoko Park ©
Esandomarigyoko Park
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Rebun Island ©
Rebun Island

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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 Furano Marche as well as Asahikawa Ramen Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Wakkanai in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Asahikawa, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Furano Marche ©
Furano Marche
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Asahikawa Ramen Village ©
Asahikawa Ramen Village

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Otaru

Otaru ©

Town of Hills

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 31st (Sat): make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and then stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Otaru online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Otaru: highs are around 55°F and lows about 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
JR Otaru Station
JR Otaru Station

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Toya and Silo Viewing Platform. Step out of Noboribetsu to go to Sobetsu-cho and see Showashinzan, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, snap pictures at Hakucho Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Otaru to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Explore Tokyo further: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden, and walk around Rikugien Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo visit planning app.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Spas · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo ©
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo
Food Tours
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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