15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Sendai
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Takeshita Street. Kids will appreciate attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ginza, and see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Surabaya, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Surabaya to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Surabaya in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), wander the streets of Dotonbori. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
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.
You've now added Shiroi Koibito Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Osaka to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in December, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around -2°C, while days are much colder, around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Visit Risshaku-ji Temple and Houn-ji Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tanabata Museum and Sendaijo Ato. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Miyagi Zao Fox Village (in Shiroishi) and Okama Crater (in Zao-machi). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, meet the residents at Sendai Uminomori Aquarium, and take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sendai day trip planning site .

You can fly from Sapporo to Sendai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Sendai: highs are around 8°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Risshaku-ji Temple, Okama Crater, Miyagi Zao Fox Village
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Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort, Gotemba Premium Outlets and Mount Fuji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort, Lake Kawaguchi, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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