13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 27th (Fri), let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka holiday app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Fukuoka to be colder, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

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.
Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
On the 31st (Tue), stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate online road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Hakodate to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

5
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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and stroll through Mt. Moiwa.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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