19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  19​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sapporo Teine and Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hakko Gakuen Kuribayashi Memorial Hall, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip builder website .

Frankfurt, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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.
Popular historic sites such as Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine are in your itinerary. Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Samukawa Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site .

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. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Samukawa Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nanzen-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Himeji CityMuseum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Aga Shrine. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shosekiheki Cliff.

Discover how to plan a Himeji trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Hiromine Shrine ©
Hiromine Shrine

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kanda house, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get a taste of the local shopping with Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planning site .

Take a train from Himeji to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Himeji in January: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanda house
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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