13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
2
Wakayama
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Toyooka
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
4
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Montreal

2
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.
On the 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, then steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and then explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

2
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Site of Miyama Batttery, then go for a walk through Nakasuji Family Former Residence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Kao Eco Lab Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamanomiya Beach, then kick back and relax at Tannowa Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Takanoji Temple.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakayama trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Wakayama by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Wakayama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Toyooka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tannowa Beach, Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple
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Takanoji Temple ©
Takanoji Temple

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yabu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Izushi Meijikan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakatare Shrine. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, then examine the collection at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onitakeinari Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Wakayama to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wakayama in October; daily highs in Toyooka reach 23°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mikobata Senkojo Mine, Yabu Shrine, Onitakeinari Shrine
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Yabu Shrine ©
Yabu Shrine
Gokurakuji Temple ©
Gokurakuji Temple

2
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hikudari Kannondo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument Donated by Rome, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugajin-Do Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osankai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amida Temple, then contemplate the long history of The Ruins of Saigo's Residence, and finally contemplate the long history of Taikomon Gate.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Wakayama to Aizuwakamatsu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wakayama in October: high temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hikudari Kannondo
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Taikomon Gate ©
Taikomon Gate

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): do a tasting at Otaru Wine Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church, then explore the ancient world of Oshoro Annular Stone, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiroishi Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Aizuwakamatsu to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Spas Wineries

Side Trips

Otaru, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya
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Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu
Shiroishi Shrine ©
Shiroishi Shrine
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga

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