16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Fukushima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore


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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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, then get outside with Sapporo Teine, and then contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Sapporo is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. On the 23rd (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Fukuro, contemplate the geological forces at Azuma Kofuji, examine the collection at Nishida Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Anna Garden, and finally examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fukushima sightseeing planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Fukushima. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Fukushima, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukushima

Museums Shopping Parks
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Gallery Fukuro ©
Gallery Fukuro
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Nishida Memorial Museum ©
Nishida Memorial Museum

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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.
Tokyo National Museum and Fire Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, wander the streets of Shimokitazawa, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip site .

Traveling by car from Fukushima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fukushima in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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teamLab Borderless
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, shop like a local with Sakae, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Noritake no Mori, then contemplate the long history of Takeda Tei, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Nanzen-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning site .

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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 1st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then take a stroll through Midosuji Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, and finally don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 3rd (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel route builder tool .

Fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Osaka in January, things will get much warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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