40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hakodate
— 3 nights
2
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
4
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
5
Rebun-cho
— 3 nights
6
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
7
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
8
Abashiri
— 3 nights
9
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
10
Nemuro
— 3 nights
11
Kushiro
— 2 nights
12
Obihiro
— 3 nights
13
Furano
— 4 nights
14
Otaru
— 3 nights
15
Hakodate
— 1 night

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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.
Hakodate is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and wander the streets of Motomachi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate holiday planning tool.

Tokyo to Hakodate is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in September, things will get little chillier in Hakodate: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally make a trip to Enmado. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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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 21st (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo City Hall Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building ©

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toyotomi-cho (Sarobetsu Marsh Center & Sarobetsu Primeval Garden) and Reindeer Ranch (in Horonobe-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Ororon Line, get outside with Yuhigaoka Parking Area, take an in-depth tour of 100th Year Memorial Tower, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Wakkanai Fukuko Ichiba.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Wakkanai can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Toyotomi-cho, Reindeer Ranch
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hokumon Shrine ©
Hokumon Shrine
Cape Soya Wind Farm ©
Cape Soya Wind Farm
Reindeer Ranch ©
Reindeer Ranch

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Rebun-cho

Rebun-cho ©
On the 26th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Kafuka Port Ferry Terminal, enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck, enjoy breathtaking views from Momodai Nekodai Observatory, then don't miss a visit to Kita no Canaria Park, then make a trip to Cape Gorota, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Longevity Fountain, take in panoramic vistas at Himenuma Observatory, then take in panoramic vistas at Peshi Misaki Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhigaoka Observation Deck, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jimmen Rock.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rebun-cho trip maker.

Drive from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Rishirifuji-cho, Jimmen Rock
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sukoton Cape ©
Sukoton Cape
Sky cape
Sky cape
Momoiwa Observation Deck ©
Momoiwa Observation Deck

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then walk around Esandomarigyoko Park, and finally walk around Wakkanai Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wakkanai trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rebun-cho to Wakkanai takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wakkanai Park ©
Wakkanai Park
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, contemplate the waterfront views at Sugatami no Ike Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Asahi-dake, then visit Asahidake Ropeway, and finally get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ginga Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, then take in breathtaking views at Sounkyo Gorge, then admire the masterpieces at Teijiro Nakahara Memorial Asahikawa Sculpture Museum Station Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asahikawa trip planner.

Drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-cho, Kurodake, Ken & Mary Tree
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Kurodake ©
Kurodake

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Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Abashiri: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, &more), Bihoro-cho (Bihorotoge Lookout & Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge) and Kiyosato-cho (Kaminoko Pond & Uramashu Observatory). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, explore the striking landscape at Cape Notoro, and see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Abashiri itinerary planner.

Drive from Asahikawa to Abashiri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Abashiri hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Bihoro-cho, Kiyosato-cho, Koshimizu Primeval Garden
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Notoro ©
Lake Notoro
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum

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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 7th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, then stroll through Shiretoko Misaki, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho online travel route builder.

You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nemuro.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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Nemuro

Nemuro ©
Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Nemuro: Betsukai-cho (Narawara, Notsuke Peninsula, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Ochiishi Cape Foot Path, make a trip to Ochiishi Cape, explore the activities along Lake Furen, and identify plant and animal life at Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Nemuro online journey maker.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Nemuro in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kushiro.

Things to do in Nemuro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Betsukai-cho, Lake Furen
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center ©
Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula
Ochiishi Cape ©
Ochiishi Cape

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), make a trip to Takimi Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Akan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Bokke (Mud Volcano), then enjoy breathtaking views from Kottaro Swamp Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hosooka Observation, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hokuto Ancient Ruin Museum. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Haru Statue, take in the views from Nusamai Bridge, look for gifts at Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo, take in panoramic vistas at Kushiro Marsh Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kushiro journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nemuro to Kushiro takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Obihiro.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kottaro Swamp Observatory, Hosooka Observation
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Hosooka Observation ©
Hosooka Observation
Nusamai Bridge ©
Nusamai Bridge

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Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shichiku Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Rokka no Mori, don't miss a visit to Kofuku Station, then make a trip to Aikoku Station, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Manabe Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, tee off at Hoshino Resort Tomamu, take a peaceful walk through Tokachi Millenium Forest, then stop by Tokachimura, and finally bet on a winner at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Obihiro visit website.

You can drive from Kushiro to Obihiro in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Kushiro in October, plan for slightly colder days in Obihiro, with highs around 53°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Furano.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Shimukappu-mura, Rokka no Mori, Tokachi Millenium Forest
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Manabe Garden ©
Manabe Garden
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido ©
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
Rokka no Mori ©
Rokka no Mori

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Furano: Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho) and Biei-cho (Takushinkan, Shikisai no Oka, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, learn about winemaking at Furano Budogaoka Park, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, and walk around Torinuma Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Furano trip maker tool.

Drive from Obihiro to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Obihiro in October since evenings lows in Furano dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Nakafurano-cho
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Garden of Wind ©
Garden of Wind
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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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.
Step out of Otaru with an excursion to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery in Yoichi-cho--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Otaru attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Furano to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Furano in October since evenings lows in Otaru dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan ©
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): head outdoors with Tachimachi Cape.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Otaru to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tachimachi Cape ©
Tachimachi Cape