20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11 h
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Singapore

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.
To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo driving holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in April, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 9°C and lows about 7°C. You will leave for Asahikawa on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kamikawa Shrine and Asahidake Natural Hiking Route. Get some cultural insight at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine and Asahikawashi Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Kamikawa-cho (Onsen Resorts, Akadake Ginsendai, &more) and Higashikawa-cho (Sugatami no Ike Lake, Susoaidaira, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hachijo Starffin Street, take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Design Center, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Takasagosyuzo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asahikawa trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-cho
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Akadake Ginsendai ©
Akadake Ginsendai
Yukomanbetsu Swamp ©
Yukomanbetsu Swamp
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine

2
nights
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiushito Wetland, look for gifts at Noboribetsu Dairy Farm, witness a stunning natural landmark at Taisho Jigoku, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum, get impressive views of Mt. Usu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Daimoku Stone, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip app .

Drive from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Mt. Usu, Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum, Zenkoji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Hakodate Meiji-kan, steep yourself in history at Old Kaitaku Hakodate Shicho Shosekiko, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Museum of Photographic History, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries, and finally stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, then admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate travel route planning app .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Hakodate by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Trappist Monasteries
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

1
night
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On the 2nd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Niseko-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Niseko-cho takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Niseko-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club
Soga Hokuei Stone Circle ©
Soga Hokuei Stone Circle

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sorachi Shrine. Do your shopping at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Chitose Station Plaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Miyakodori Shopping District, Otaru-shi General Museum, &more), Bibai (Bibai Tondenheioku & Old Sakurai Family House) and Chitose (Shima no Hito, Royce' Chocolate World, &more). Explore Sapporo further: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Sapporo Factory, browse the exhibits of Hakko Gakuen Kuribayashi Memorial Hall, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Traveling from Niseko-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Chitose, Otaru, Bibai
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Royce' Chocolate World ©
Royce' Chocolate World
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Katori (Fukushin Dry Goods Store, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, &more), Fujiyoshida (Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, &more) and Kamakura (Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Yanaka, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, and stroll through Kitanomaru Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujiyoshida, Katori
Find places to stay May 6 — 12:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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