18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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.
Family-friendly places like Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and Shiroi Koibito Park will thrill your kids. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Lake Fujin, & more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Sapporo reach 6°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal
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Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, around 4°C, while days are much warmer, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Ninja-Do make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Ninja-Do ©
Ninja-Do

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and stop by Monokoto Store.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Diamond Beach, & more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Minnajima Island, stop by Yaedake Bakery, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and get outside with Emerald Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in December; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nago Pineapple Park, Kouri Ohashi
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Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling

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