14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Zao-machi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Fuji
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
You've now added Sapporo Snow Festival to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, take in some culture at Sapporo Snow Festival, and then steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sapporo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Sapporo

Events Winter Sports Parks
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Sapporo Snow Festival ©
Sapporo Snow Festival
Mt. Okura Observatory ©
Mt. Okura Observatory
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

1
day
Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
You've now added Takahata Winery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Takahata Winery, step into the grandiose world of Shiroishi Castle, examine the collection at Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village, then explore the striking landscape at Okama Crater, then don't miss a visit to O-torii, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Takimidai Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zao-machi travel route planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Zao-machi. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect nights in Zao-machi to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Shiroishi, Takahata Winery
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Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Takahata Winery ©
Takahata Winery
Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle

2
nights
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll around Nanko Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, then step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Takahata-machi to Shirakawa takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shirakawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Parks
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park

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 24th (Tue): wander the streets of Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get to know the resident critters at Nogeyama Zoo, then walk around Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Me.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Shirakawa - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound and then tee off at River Fuji Country Club.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fuji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Golf
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River Fuji Country Club ©
River Fuji Country Club

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, then don't miss a visit to Gion, then look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, and finally make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Fuji in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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