16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

4
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 18th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel planning app .

Getting from Takayama to Osaka by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Oku no Yu & Jigokudani) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and get outside with Maruyama Genshirin.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in December, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (0°C), and nights are slightly colder (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much hotter days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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