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.
On the 3rd (Tue), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then shop like a local with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Jakarta to Osaka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Osaka is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and then trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip maker website .

You can fly from Kyoto to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Trails Outdoors Parks
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, shop like a local with Ginza, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 4°C, while days are much hotter, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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