9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sapporo
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Furano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Shintoku-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Sapporo
— 1 night
End: Sapporo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then stroll through Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, and then make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo vacation maker .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm ©
Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

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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 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum, then make a trip to Asahikawa Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Asahikawa Ekimae.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa online tour planner .

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Patchwork no Michi
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Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Asahikawa Station ©
Asahikawa Station

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): walk around Furano Budogaoka Park.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Furano online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Asahikawa to Furano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Asahikawa in September, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shintoku-cho.

Things to do in Furano

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Roller Coaster Road
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Furano Wine Factory ©
Furano Wine Factory
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei

1
night
Shintoku-cho

Shintoku-cho
To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Shintoku-cho trip planner .

Getting from Furano to Shintoku-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shintoku-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shintoku-cho

Spas Baths Museums

Side Trip

Kamishihoro-cho

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu trip planner.

Drive from Shintoku-cho to Noboribetsu in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Shintoku-cho in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Noboribetsu, with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Otaru on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Outdoors Museums

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night
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 13th (Fri): stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally explore the ancient world of Oshoro Annular Stone. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Otaru travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Otaru takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) and then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip website .

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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