15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  8 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Singapore


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hanjotei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Koryu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, then expand your horizons at NINJA VR KYOTO, and finally admire the striking features of Chishaku-in. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hogonin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Fun & Games

Side Trip

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple
Hosenin ©
Hosenin

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound and Mejiro Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Yomiuri Land (in Inagi), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Mito (Kobuntei, Kodokan Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, get curious at Tsukuba Space Center, walk around Higo-Hosokawa Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mito, Yomiuri Land, Samukawa Shrine, Tsukuba Space Center, Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Yomiuri Land ©
Yomiuri Land
Mejiro Garden ©
Mejiro Garden

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Mt. Yotei. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Niseko Village Pure (in Niseko-cho), Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru) and Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Sapporo Teine, take an in-depth tour of Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and don't miss a visit to Mitani Farm Cattle Barn Silo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sapporo attractions tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Mt. Yotei, Tomioka Catholic Church, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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