33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h 45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
10
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
12
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  6​h 15​min
13
Hakodate
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Brussels

3
nights
Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asakusa as well as teamLab Borderless. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi route planning site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kasuga Taisha Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kaidan-do.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip maker.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, things will get a bit warmer in Nara: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Nachi Mitaki Falls has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nachi Mitaki Falls
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 14th (Tue), appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). On the next day, shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, then make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and then get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis.

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

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in July: highs in Kobe hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Awaji Highway Oasis, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shiraito Falls, Kamikochi Tourism Center and Norikura Kogen. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi) and Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Matsumoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yubatake, Daiho-ji Temple, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, Zenko-ji Temple
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route as well as Ainokura Gassho Community. On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, head outdoors with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kanazawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Ainokura Gassho Community, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Furano Jam Garden, Lake Shikotsu and Hakodate Morning Market. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Yoichi-cho (Old Yoichi Fukuhara Gyojo, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, &more), Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Noboribetsu Bear Park, &more) and Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip builder app .

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Kanazawa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Noboribetsu, Furano Jam Garden, Hakodate Morning Market, Lake Shikotsu
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daisetsuzan. On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, experience rural life at Ueno Farm, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Roller Coaster Road, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, stroll through Shikisai no Oka, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Asahikawa route planning site .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Farm Tomita, Daisetsuzan, Roller Coaster Road
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): walk around Sengen Park. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, and finally find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Noboribetsu, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunuma ©
Oyunuma

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You've now added Akan-Mashu National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Akan-Mashu National Park, Eco Museum Center
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Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory
Eco Museum Center ©
Eco Museum Center

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then stop by Motomachi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Teshikaga-cho to Hakodate takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Furano Jam Garden as well as Lake Shikotsu. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get great views at Sapporo TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Furano Jam Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Furano Jam Garden, Lake Shikotsu
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Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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