25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Sapporo
— 1 night
3
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Daisetsuzan National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
6
Sendai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Nikko
— 3 nights
10
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
11
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
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.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

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.
Mt. Moiwa has been added to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 55°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Nature Parks
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Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

1
night
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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Sapporo to Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sapporo in October, with highs in Asahikawa at 48°F and lows at 44°F. You will leave for Daisetsuzan National Park on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

2
nights
Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park
The largest national park in the country, Daisetsuzan National Park showcases the terrain and natural features of Hokkaido's mountainous central region.
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Daisetsuzan National Park road trip planning tool .

Drive from Asahikawa to Daisetsuzan National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Asahikawa in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Daisetsuzan National Park, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sapporo.

Things to do in Daisetsuzan National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

few
hours
Sapporo

Sapporo
To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Daisetsuzan National Park to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Daisetsuzan National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 50°F. On the 18th (Fri), you're off toSendai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sendai online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Sendai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in October, expect Sendai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 65°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
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Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine

2
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sendai to Hachimantai takes 3 hours. Traveling from Sendai in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hachimantai, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Akita Komagatake
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yudonosan Shrine, Gassan Shrine and Mt. Haguro.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka driving holiday app .

Getting from Hachimantai to Tsuruoka by car takes about 4 hours. In October in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gassan Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Gassan Shrine ©
Gassan Shrine

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kegon Falls as well as Oze National Park. Get some cultural insight at Mt. Nantai and Odashirogahara.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nikko online travel route planner .

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tsuruoka in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Nikko. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Oze National Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Oze National Park ©
Oze National Park
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

4
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.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in October since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

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.
To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. You will leave for home on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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