34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Chitose
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Matsumae-cho
— 2 nights
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Toyako-cho
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Rebun-cho
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
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Furano
— 3 nights
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Kushiro
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— 1 night

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Chitose

Chitose ©
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chitose trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Chitose is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Chitose to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Chitose

Museums
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Specialty Museum
Royce' Chocolate World
4.1

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Hakodate

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Motomachi and Onuma Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Hokkaido Konbukan, Onuma Quasi-National Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate online day trip planner.

Take a train from Chitose to Hakodate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chitose in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Hakodate. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Matsumae-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Architectural Building
Goryokaku Park
4.1
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Neighborhood
Motomachi
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Observation Deck
Goryokaku Tower
4.2

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Matsumae-cho

Matsumae-cho ©
Matsumae-cho is a town located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodoji. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Esashi Oiwake Kaikan / Esashi Dashi Kaikan, then take an in-depth tour of Kaiyomaru, and then don't miss a visit to Inishie Way.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsumae-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Matsumae-cho takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matsumae-cho are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Matsumae-cho

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Religious Site
Hodoji
2.7

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Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Toya and Toyako Gurutto Chokoku Park. Get out of town with these interesting Toyako-cho side-trips: Hokkaido Backcountry Club (in Niseko-cho) and Zenkoji Temple (in Date).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Toyako-cho trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Matsumae-cho to Toyako-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Toyako-cho, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Water Body
Lake Toya
4.3
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Outdoor Activity
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
4.8
Volcano
Showashinzan
4.0

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Cape Chikyu. Get out of town with these interesting Noboribetsu side-trips: Muroran (Muroran Hachimangu Shrine & Tokkarisho Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakajima Shrine, take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Toyako-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Geologic Formation
Jigokudani
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Landmark
Cape Chikyu
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Otaru

Otaru ©

Town of Hills

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 19th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Otaru City Office, take in panoramic vistas at Mount Kenashi View Point, and then see the interesting displays at The Glass Studio in Otaru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then pause for some photo ops at Takuboku Ishikawa's Tanka Inscriptions, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Otaru vacation planner.

Take a train from Noboribetsu to Otaru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Historic Site
The Site of Temiya Line
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Water Body
Otaru Canal
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Wakkanai

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park, don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, then take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), then head outdoors with Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakanoshita Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm, enjoy the sea views from Soyamisaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

Discover how to plan a Wakkanai trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Otaru to Wakkanai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Otaru in May since evenings lows in Wakkanai dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Rebun-cho

Rebun-cho ©
On the 24th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Takayama Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Kushu Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Sky cape. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Sukoton Cape, look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, don't miss a visit to Todojima Obsevatory, take some stellar pictures from Kanedano Misaki Cape, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minai Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jizoiwa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rebun-cho online itinerary builder.

Drive from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Rebun-cho can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Water Body
Kushu Lake
2.5
Landmark
Sky cape
4.6
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Lookout
Sukoton Cape
4.7

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): walk around Arashiyama Park, walk around Hoppo Yasoen, and then make a trip to Asahikawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asahiyama Zoo, then experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally walk around Nisshin no Mori.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asahikawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rebun-cho to Asahikawa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rebun-cho in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Asahikawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Farm
Ueno Farm
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower and Biei Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Furano: Biei-cho (Shirahige Falls & Shirogane Blue Pond) and Kamifurano-cho (Goto Sumio Art Museum & Onsen Resorts). Next up on the itinerary: visit Glass Forest in FURANO, walk around Torinuma Park, see the interesting displays at Furabi, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of Wind.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Furano trip site.

Getting from Asahikawa to Furano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Asahikawa in May, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Water Body
Shirogane Blue Pond
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hosooka Observation and Kushiro Marsh Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kushiro: Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura) and Aurora Farm Village (in Shibecha-cho). The adventure continues: take in the views from Nusamai Bridge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park, appreciate the history behind Fuyu Statue, and contemplate the long history of Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kushiro trip planner.

You can drive from Furano to Kushiro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Furano in May, with highs in Kushiro at 56°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Observation Deck
Hosooka Observation
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Bridge
Nusamai Bridge
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Sapporo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and Maruyama Park. The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kushiro to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kushiro in June since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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Chitose

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chitose Shrine and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chitose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sapporo to Chitose by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sapporo in June since evenings lows in Chitose dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chitose

Spas · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
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Spa
Spas
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Park
Aoba Park
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Shopping Mall
Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
2.7

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