9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, then hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, and finally wander the streets of Susukino.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo online itinerary planner .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Susukino ©
Susukino

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Asakusa, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at SpaWorld, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Naniwa trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Naniwa. In January in Naniwa, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naniwa

Neighborhoods Shopping Baths

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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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 4th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Gion. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker tool .

Getting from Naniwa to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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