21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
2
Otaru
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Furano
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam


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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Osaka Castle. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, contemplate the long history of Former Tsushin Densetsu Hama Building, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tengu.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Otaru in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, train, and flight. Traveling from Osaka in September, things will get a bit cooler in Otaru: highs are around 23°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Mt.Tengu ©
Mt.Tengu
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower and then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and then take a stroll through Susukino.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip maker app .

Getting from Otaru to Sapporo by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Get in touch with nature at Asahi-dake and Patchwork no Michi. When in Asahikawa, make a side trip to see Yukomanbetsu Swamp in Higashikawa-cho, approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Snow Crystal Museum and take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa online vacation maker .

Getting from Sapporo to Asahikawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Patchwork no Michi
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Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Kita no Kunikara Museum, then do a tasting at Furano Wine Factory, then make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and finally examine the collection at Furabi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Furano vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Asahikawa to Furano by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in September, plan for little chillier nights in Furano, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Wineries Museums
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Furano Wine Factory ©
Furano Wine Factory
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally pause for some photo ops at Daimoku Stone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Noboribetsu Bear Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuzawa Shrine, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

Plan trip to Noboribetsu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Furano to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Furano in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Noboribetsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village ©
Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then see the interesting displays at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hakodate holiday site .

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Odaiba and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site .

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Moroiso Shores
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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