27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 1 night
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa
— 1 night
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo and Nezu Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Hidaka and see Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fujiko F Fujio Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Kiyosumi Teien, and contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

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Kagoshima

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 4th (Mon), make a trip to Tenmonkan and then make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kagoshima sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kagoshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

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Tokyo

Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to University of Tokyo and then visit Kagurazaka. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, don't miss a visit to Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

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Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sendai trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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Hakodate

City of Lights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Onuma Lake and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Park Information Onuma). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), and admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate road trip app.

You can take a train from Sendai to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sendai in October, with highs in Hakodate at 60°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Jozan, then admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, and then stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

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Wakkanai

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
On the 16th (Sat), get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and then appreciate the history behind Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, don't miss a visit to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then head outdoors with Yuhigaoka Parking Area, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokumon Shrine.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Wakkanai tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Wakkanai can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

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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 18th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, don't miss a visit to Kibana no Mori, then make a trip to Asahikawa Station, then browse the different shops at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae, and finally stroll around Hoppo Yasoen.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa online vacation builder.

Getting from Wakkanai to Asahikawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Wakkanai in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Taisho Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, then visit Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu attractions tool.

Getting from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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Tokyo

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka). See even more of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.