14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Haboro-cho
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matsue
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
9
Kita
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, then hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, and then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then admire the natural beauty at Botanic Garden Hokkaido University, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip builder website .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Sapporo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in July, expect nights in Sapporo to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are much hotter, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do a tasting at Otaru Wine Gallery, then revel in the low prices at Wing Bay Otaru, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suitengu.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Otaru trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites
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Otaru Wine Gallery ©
Otaru Wine Gallery
Wing Bay Otaru ©
Wing Bay Otaru

1
night
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Takushinkan, examine the collection at Shinseikan, then relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Biei-cho day trip planning app .

You can drive from Otaru to Biei-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Haboro-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui
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Takushinkan ©
Takushinkan
Shinseikan ©
Shinseikan
Biei Shrine ©
Biei Shrine

few
hours
Haboro-cho

Haboro-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Yagishiri Local Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Onko no Sho.

To plan Haboro-cho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Haboro-cho in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Biei-cho in July: highs in Haboro-cho hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Haboro-cho

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daishoin Temple and Miyajima. Relax by the water at Bay Side Beach Saka and Mikasahama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Suo-Oshima (in Suooshima-cho), Kure (Katsuragahama Beach & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street & Itsukushima Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yamaguchi Flower Land.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haboro-cho to Hiroshima. Traveling from Haboro-cho in July, things will get a bit warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Suo-Oshima, Bay Side Beach Saka, Yamaguchi Flower Land
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

1
night
Matsue

Matsue
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Matsue sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will leave for Osaka on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Pontocho, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinkyogoku Shopping District, then stop by Teramachi Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, then stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, and finally make a trip to Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, browse the different shops at Tokyo Midtown, then browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally take a stroll through Nihonbashi.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ikspiari
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National Museum of Nature and Science ©
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

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night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, then buy something for everyone on your list at Namba Parks, and finally take a stroll through America Mura.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Kita. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Namba Parks ©
Namba Parks
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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