15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

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): look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

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

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park
The Symphony Hall ©
The Symphony Hall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koryu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then get your game on at NINJA VR KYOTO, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chishaku-in. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hogonin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hosenin, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Fun & Games

Side Trip

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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Shinnyodo Temple ©
Shinnyodo Temple
Hosenin ©
Hosenin
Jingoji Temple ©
Jingoji Temple

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yomiuri Land and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Venture out of the city with trips to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound (in Fuji) and Mito (Kobuntei, Kodokan Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, walk around Higo-Hosokawa Garden, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mejiro Garden.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mito, Yomiuri Land, Samukawa Shrine, Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, Tsukuba Space Center
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
International House of Japan ©
International House of Japan
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sapporo Teine and Asahiyama Kinen Koen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park), Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru) and Niseko-cho (Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort & Niseko Village Pure). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, get outside with Maruyama Genshirin, learn something new at HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner .

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 and train. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. 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, Tomioka Catholic Church, Mt. Yotei, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
HOKKAIDO NINJA DO! ©
HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!

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