24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Kushiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Abashiri
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Otaru
— 1 night
train + Fly:  2​h
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London


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6
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.
Mount Fuji has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel tool .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Hachiko ©
Hachiko
Diver City Tokyo Plaza ©
Diver City Tokyo Plaza

1
night
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.
For reviews and more tourist information, read our Sapporo travel route planning app .

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Sapporo reach 23°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kushiro.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo St. Michael's Church ©
Sapporo St. Michael's Church

2
nights
Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kushiro online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sapporo to Kushiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sapporo in September since evenings lows in Kushiro dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Abashiri.

Things to do in Kushiro

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hosooka Observation, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park
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Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park ©
Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park
Hosooka Observation ©
Hosooka Observation
Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk ©

3
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Abashiri side-trips: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io & Lake Mashu) and Oshin Koshin Falls (in Shari-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cape Notoro, make a trip to Kitahama Station, and get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Abashiri online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kushiro to Abashiri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Otaru.

Things to do in Abashiri

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Oshin Koshin Falls
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro

1
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.
On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to Asakusa Bridge and then find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Otaru trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Abashiri to Otaru in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Otaru

Theme Parks
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Otaru Denuki Koji ©
Otaru Denuki Koji

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji & Takayama Jinya) and Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Kappa Bashi and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Otaru to Matsumoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Otaru in September, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You will leave for Narita on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Yubatake
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 1st (Tue), engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, then take a stroll through Asakusa, then snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, and finally stop by Wagashi Asobi. Keep things going the next day: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

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Take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Childrens Museums Shopping Museums
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National Museum of Nature and Science ©
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

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