12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21, then take a stroll through Ginza, and then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, shop like a local with Asakusa, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip site .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake and then explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, go for a stroll along the water at Shiretoko Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Shari-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Shari-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 16°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Beaches
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Nature Center ©
Shiretoko Nature Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street and then stop by Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo planner .

Getting from Shari-cho to Sapporo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Sapporo are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally take a stroll through Motomachi.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

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.
Nijo-jo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Dotonbori about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 27°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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