16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 day
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Semboku
— 1 night
Train
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Towada
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamagata
— 3 nights
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Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shakujo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niizo Hikawa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangakuin Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Kawaguchi trip itinerary website.

Tokyo to Kawaguchi is an approximately 1-hour car ride. October in Kawaguchi sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, then make a trip to Hep Five Ferris Wheel, and finally don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka journey builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kawaguchi to Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, don't miss a visit to Cape Esan Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yukura Shrine, try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, then get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St.John's Church Hakodate.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hakodate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in October: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 60°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). On your second day here, walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and then walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

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Semboku

Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, look for gifts at Satoku Garden, contemplate the long history of Akita Kakunodate Nishinomiyake, then contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsumoto Samurai House. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Katakurikan, contemplate the long history of Odano Samurai House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sashimaki Shitsugen Mizubasho Gunseichi, then pick up some local products at Murakko Commercial Museum, and finally make a trip to Tatsuko no Kagamiishi.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Semboku attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Semboku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: highs in Semboku hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ogawara, and then relax in the rural setting at Aguri no Sato Oirase. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge, then walk around Misawa City Shiminnomori Park, and then contemplate the long history of Sannohe Castle Site/Shiroyama Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Towada trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Semboku in October since evenings lows in Towada dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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Hiraizumi-cho

On the 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then make a trip to Mizusawa VERA Observatory, then appreciate the views at Taneyama Highland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibainengezan Enzu Shoho Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test the waters at Kanagasaki Onsen Komako-no-Yu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Komagata Shrine, and then stroll around Mizusawa Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiraizumi-cho day trip planner.

You can drive from Towada to Hiraizumi-cho in 3.5 hours. In October in Hiraizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Gassan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jionji Temple. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yamagata trip planner.

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Yamagata in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Yamagata are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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.