16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Former Maebori Store, Shibusawa Soko, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Sapporo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Sapporo is much colder than Manila - with highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then go for a walk through Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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