10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Osaka is 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and then stroll around Odori Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online trip builder .

You can fly from Kyoto to Sapporo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (0°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner .

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 hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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