21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Hidaka, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then don't miss a visit to Temmonkan Mujyaki. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Iso Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, then admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then go for a walk through Sengan-en, and finally stroll around Tagayama Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kagoshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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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 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, see the sky in a new way at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, then stroll around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, and finally don't miss a visit to Sendai Station. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Zuihoden, take in nature's colorful creations at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, then go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, then make a trip to Ojima Island, and finally appreciate the views at Ogi Valley.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sendai trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Sendai are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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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 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, walk around Odori Park, and then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Jozan, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory, then stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in September, expect Sapporo to be slightly colder, temps between 68°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, head outdoors with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, and then don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get outside with Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, look for gifts at Yumekuukan Kitaichiba, make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then walk around Esandomarigyoko Park, and finally get outside with Yuhigaoka Parking Area.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and finally appreciate the history behind Daimoku Stone. On your second day here, laugh and play at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiushito Wetland, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakajima Shrine.

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Getting from Wakkanai to Noboribetsu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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Tokyo

Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura). See some other sides of Tokyo: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, take a stroll through Yanaka District, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

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Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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.