15 days in Osaka, Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Osaka, Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

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15 days in Osaka, Hokkaido & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Hakodate
— Few hours
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Visiting Mount Koyasan and Nara Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online holiday planner .

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Osaka, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 83°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park, Mt. Koya
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Gion
Gion
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Hakodate in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Osaka in September, with highs in Hakodate at 72°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu road trip planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

1
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 22nd (Sat): fly down the slopes at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura and then stroll through Asahiyama Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Asahikawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Noboribetsu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Asahikawa, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Shiretoko Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip builder .

Getting from Asahikawa to Shari-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Ginza ©
Ginza

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