24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Otaru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Portland


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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.
You'll explore and learn at Pola Museum of Art and Nezu Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kencho-ji Temple) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, admire the masterpieces at teamLab Planets TOKYO, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Miho Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mimurotoji Temple, Miho Museum
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Numasaki Landslide, then take in the pleasant sights at Cape Kamui, and then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Tomarinkan, enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Kamui Misaki Denjidai Trace, then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Shakotan-cho. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in June; daily highs in Shakotan-cho reach 64°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomarinkan
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

2
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 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Sapporo Satoland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planner .

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. In June in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

3
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 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Shiretoko Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Shari Kobo Shiretokoya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shari.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sapporo to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Shari-cho when traveling from Sapporo in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, then look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, and finally take a stroll through Ginza. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then see the interesting displays at Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 79°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahiyama Zoo. Popular historic sites such as Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine are in your itinerary. Attractions like Asahikawa Ramen Village and Asahikawa Science Center make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Asahikawa side-trips: Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai), Somes Sunagawa Factory and Showroom (in Sunagawa) and Furabi (in Furano). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Akadake Ginsendai, get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Asahikawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Asahikawa hover around 64°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, Arte Piazza Bibai, Akadake Ginsendai, Somes Sunagawa Factory and Showroom, Furabi
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Asahikawa Science Center ©
Asahikawa Science Center
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Hokuchin Memorial Museum ©
Hokuchin Memorial Museum

3
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.
Otaru Canal has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally examine the collection at The Glass Studio in Otaru. On your second day here, do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko, stop by Boot Solutions Niseko, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Otaru trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Otaru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido Backcountry Club
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Otaru Art Base ©
Otaru Art Base
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
Otaru Art Base, Stained Glass Museum ©

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