33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Kobe
— 2 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
9
Sapporo
— 1 night
10
Asahikawa
— 2 nights
11
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
12
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
13
Hakodate
— 1 night
14
Sapporo
— 2 nights

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. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then get outside with Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; 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 · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stop by 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, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Kasuga Taisha Museum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-do.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip maker tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: high temperatures in Nara hover around 37°C and lows are around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
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, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nachi Mitaki Falls
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Kobe Harborland, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and then get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kobe road trip app.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Awaji Highway Oasis, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
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.
Norikura Kogen has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Norikura Kogen, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gofuku-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-ji Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yubatake.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto route website.

You can take a train from Kobe to Matsumoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yubatake, Zenko-ji Temple, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, Daiho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen

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), make a trip to Ainokura Gassho Community, then cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip maker.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ainokura Gassho Community
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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. On the 20th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, stroll through Furano Jam Garden, take in the views from Asakusa Bridge, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then make a trip to Hokkaido University Gingko Trees, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo day trip planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in July: highs in Sapporo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Noboribetsu, Lake Shikotsu, Hakodate Morning Market, Furano Jam Garden
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building ©
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

2
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Daisetsuzan. On the 22nd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo, then relax in the rural setting at Ueno Farm, then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Roller Coaster Road, Farm Tomita, Daisetsuzan
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll around Sengen Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, and finally get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in July, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Noboribetsu. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Akan-Mashu National Park. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip builder tool.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Teshikaga-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Eco Museum Center, Akan-Mashu National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Akan-Mashu National Park ©
Akan-Mashu National Park
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory
Eco Museum Center ©
Eco Museum Center

1
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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.
On the 27th (Mon), look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take a stroll through Motomachi, 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 stroll through Goryokaku Park, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakodate itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Teshikaga-cho to Hakodate in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Hakodate sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Furano Jam Garden, then explore the activities along Lake Shikotsu, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Shikotsu, Furano Jam Garden
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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