60 days in Kyoto, Tokyo & Hokkaido Itinerary

60 days in Kyoto, Tokyo & Hokkaido Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 19 nights
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Tokyo
— 24 nights
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Biei-cho
— 1 night
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Abashiri
— 1 night
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
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Obihiro
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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— 1 night
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Kyoto

— 19 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kurama-dera and Daikaku-ji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba), Kobe (Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), Kawasaki Good Times World, &more) and Otsu (Anoshuzumi Stone Wall, Ishiyamadera Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Biwa, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daimonji, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey builder site.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 21:

Tokyo

— 24 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyu Iwasakitei Teien and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yamashita Park, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, &more), Narita (Sanrizuka Memorial Park, Narita International Airport Terminal 1, &more) and Minatomirai (Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Landmark Tower, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, take in nature's colorful creations at Kiyosumi Teien, admire the striking features of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — Oct 15:

Biei-cho

— 1 night
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
On the 16th (Fri), cruise along Patchwork no Michi, get a taste of the local shopping with Takushinkan, then admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, and finally stroll around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Biei-cho journey planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Biei-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days in Biei-cho, with highs around 14°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Abashiri

— 1 night
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Notoro, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, then see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and finally make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Abashiri online vacation builder.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Abashiri in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Abashiri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Misaki.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho vacation planner.

You can drive from Abashiri to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Shari-cho are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Rausu-cho

— 2 nights
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Pass, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rausu-cho road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Rausu-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Teshikaga-cho

— 1 night
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, then take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, and finally explore the activities along Lake Mashu.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rausu-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Obihiro.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Obihiro

— 1 night
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kofuku Station, admire the natural beauty at Manabe Garden, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally try to win big at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Obihiro trip planner.

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Obihiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Obihiro can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose), Otaru Aquarium (in Otaru) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

Make your Sapporo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Obihiro to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho road trip planning site.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trappist Monasteries and Onuma Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Quasi-National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakodate day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.