12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 1 day
2
Chuo
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
5
Yamanashi
— 1 night
6
Gifu
— 1 night
7
Nagoya
— 1 night
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights

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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 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 1°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chuo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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night
Chuo

Chuo ©
Chūō-ku is one of 23 wards of Osaka, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Chuo trip maker tool.

Getting from Sapporo to Chuo by combination of flight and tram takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in March, you will find days in Chuo are much hotter (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chuo

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): wander the streets of Odaiba District and then take a stroll through Ginza. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner.

Tokyo is just a short distance from Chuo. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

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night
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erin-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Miyakoen, then see the interesting displays at Chateau Mercian Winery Museum, and finally look for gifts at Kurambon Wine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yamanashi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Yamanashi by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gifu.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Koshu
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
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Chateau Mercian Winery Museum ©
Chateau Mercian Winery Museum
Kurambon Wine ©
Kurambon Wine

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night
Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take a stroll through Yanagase, pause for some photo ops at Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinka, then explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally examine the collection at Nagaragawa Ukai Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gifu trip website.

You can drive from Yamanashi to Gifu in 4 hours. When traveling from Yamanashi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gifu, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gifu

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha) ©

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally shop like a local with Sakae.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagoya journey planning tool.

You can take a train from Gifu to Nagoya in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then go for a walk through Gion. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then examine the collection at Nishijin Textile Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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