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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, and then examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and then cool off at Yomiuri Land.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yomiuri Land
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Yomiuri Land ©
Yomiuri Land
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

2
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 5th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout and then walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 and then hit the slopes at Sapporo Teine.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip planning site .

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. Expect colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

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

2
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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Kids Plaza Osaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum (in Awaji). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, Koyasan Okunoin, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

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